Applying for a PhD: Entry requirements

All applicants
Our applicants are normally drawn from three groups:

  • Final year undergraduates who expect to obtain a good 2.1 or a first class honours degree
  • Graduates (often with relevant work experience) who hold a 2.1 or first class honours degree
  • Graduates who hold or expect to obtain a Masters degree (Merit or Distinction)

**Candidates must have obtained at least a Merit (or equivalent) in their Masters Degree to be considered for a place on our PhD programme. For candidates applying for a PhD with a BA qualification, please note that we require at least a 2:1 or the equivalent.**

Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, one or more of these qualifications in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or a related Social Science Discipline.

Overseas candidates
For those candidates for whom English is not their first language or who do not possess a degree from an educational institution using the English language for instruction there are minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS Average of 6.5 or above (with not less than 6.0 in any component)

The University's English Language Teaching Centre runs courses in July and August in each year. You may be made an offer of a place on condition that you meet the University's English language requirement.