Postgraduate Research in SS&PP

The School of Social Science and Public Policy is a centre of excellence for postgraduate research. Students are housed in the research Centre for Social Policy and contribute to a vibrant research culture across a range of disciplines, including Criminology, Education, Human Geography, Nursing, Social Work, and Sociology, and inter-disciplinary fields, such as Public Policy, Health Policy, and Social Gerontology.

Our students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds from across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the rest of the world in order to carry out important postgraduate research in the School and Centre, including work funded by bodies including the Commonwealth, ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), and a number of other funders. Where the ESRC is concerned, the Centre contributes to the DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) specifically through the Social Policy Pathway, but also other routes supported at the University.

Within the wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplinary fields covered by the Centre, the focus of student work concerns theoretically informed empirical projects focused upon the changing nature of society, social institutions, and policy challenges in a global context. In this respect student work engages with the social world, social institutions, and public policy at regional, national, and global levels and addresses contemporary social and policy issues that will shape our shared future. Apart from traditional PhD programmes in core social science disciplines, the School also hosts Professional Doctoral programmes in Criminology, Health Science, Education, and Social Work and houses a dynamic community of professional doctoral students who provide an interface between academic research and professional practice in criminal justice, health, education, social work, and a number of other social institutions. The value of this interface between professional research and public policy is central to the mission of postgraduate research in the School of Social Science and Public Policy and the Centre for Social Policy which is to advance understanding of the social world, social institutions, and public policy across a range of regional, national, international, and global settings in order to contribute to social improvement and the social good.