Key Facts

Subject area: Social Policy
Programme: PhD / MPhil
Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MPhil – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Starting Date: Any time of the year
Entry Requirements: See here
International entry requirements We accept a range of qualifications from other institutions.
Standard English Language requirements apply. Details here.

Research in Social Policy at Keele extends across the life course, from early childhood to older age.  There is a particular focus on inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding major issues affecting society, locating these in the context of the economic and social changes associated with globalization.


Research students in Social Policy have dedicated office space in the Moser Building where the social science research institutes are located. This is the site of a developing community of postgraduate scholars and research staff.  Research training and courses to enhance the employability skills of our research students are provided by the Graduate school and students are encouraged to participate in these. 

Research Staff and Students

Postgraduate researchers have access to staff with a wide range of interests in the field of social policy, stretching from traditional concerns associated with poverty and inequality, to issues relating to urban regeneration and community development. Emphasis is placed upon a diversity of methodological procedures and user involvement in research. Research is currently supported through the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and some of the major charities. There is a particular interest in inter-disciplinary research linking social science with the humanities, health sciences and natural sciences.  There is a strong community of PhD researchers with regular seminars and workshops, supported by leading international scholars in social research.

  • Ageing
  • Children and young people
  • Communities and regeneration
  • Family policy
  • Inter-professional education
  • Poverty, inequalities and social exclusion
  • User involvement in research

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
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