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Social Sciences PhD / MRes

Overview

The PhD and MRes programmes are closely linked to our growing and dynamic research culture. You'll benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff, working alongside a portfolio of of dynamic and popular masters programmes.

Academic supervision

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community. Explore the staff, facilities and more in the Division of Social Sciences.

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Research areas

  • Civil society
  • The voluntary sector
  • NGOs, gender
  • Sexuality
  • Race
  • Globalisation
  • International relations
  • Migration
  • Human rights
  • Genocide
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Women's movements
  • Elites and networks
  • Agency
  • Development studies
  • Youth crime 
  • Prostitution
  • Human trafficking
  • Violence against women
  • Policing
  • Education for sustainability 
  • Politics of sustainability
  • Politics and climate change 
  • Social science research methods

Research culture

Research students who study at LSBU become a vital part of our dynamic research culture and are one of the essential elements which make LSBU an exciting intellectual environment.

All research students are enrolled in the LSBU’s postgraduate Key Skills programme. In addition, you can undertake research methods training from relevant MA and MSc courses, as well as taking part in specialist events and activities, which ensure an inclusive and thriving research culture.

MRes programme

An MRes is distinct from a taught Masters in that your final output will be an extended dissertation (30,000 words) rather than module-based coursework and exams.

PhD programme

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

To find out more about what to include in your proposal download our Law and Social Sciences PhD Proposal Guidelines (PDF File 97 KB) presentation.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

In the 2014 REF 75% of our research into Social Work and Social Policy was awarded the quality rating of 3* out of 4* for 'environment' - quality that is defined as conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability. We receive a wide range of external funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for International Development (DfID), the British Academy, charities, government departments and local authorities.

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The 2014/15 academic year was an extremely busy one for research at LSBU. Download our brochure to get a full picture of research activities across the year, including PhD projects conducted across all academic Schools.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
MRes Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
January; February; April; September; October
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
MRes Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
January; February; April; September; October
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PhD Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
January; February; April; September; October
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PhD Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
January; February; April; September; October
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
PhD Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start Date
January; February; April; September; October
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Employability

Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a 2.1 honours degree, and a relevant Postgraduate qualification at Masters level would be beneficial.

If you have the equivalent of lower second class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level.

You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be expected to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
MRes Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
4985
Application method
Mode
MRes Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
4986
Application method
Mode
PhD Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
P052656
Application method
Mode
PhD Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
P052656
Application method
Mode
PhD Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
P052656
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

Considering your application for MRes

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview, either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

For MRes applications you must provide a summary of your proposed research project (500 words) setting out the aims of the project, the methodology to be used and the originality of the project in light of current knowledge.

Considering your application for PhD

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

To find out more about what to include in your proposal download our Law and Social Sciences PhD Proposal Guidelines (PDF File 97 KB) presentation.

To apply for a scholarship complete a PhD for application using the UKPASS system (select Social Sciences) and complete section seven of the application form.

Fees and funding

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

PhD fees

FULL-TIME PhD fee table  
  UK/EU fee: International fee:
YEAR 1  £   7,900.00  £          11,600.00
YEAR 2  £   7,900.00  £          11,600.00
YEAR 3  £   7,900.00  £          11,600.00
Extension - Writing up  £      850.00  £               850.00
TOTAL £ 24,550.00 £          35,650.00
PART-TIME PhD fee table  
  UK/EU fee: International fee:
YEAR 1  £   4,080.00  £            6,960.00
YEAR 2  £   4,080.00  £            6,960.00
YEAR 3  £   4,080.00  £            6,960.00
YEAR 4  £   4,080.00  £            6,960.00
YEAR 5  £   4,080.00  £            6,960.00
Extension - Writing up  £      850.00  £               850.00
TOTAL £ 21,250.00 £ 35,650.00
PART-TIME Distance Learning PhD fee table  
  UK/EU fee: International fee:
YEAR 1  £   3,950.00  £            3,950.00
YEAR 2  £   3,950.00  £            3,950.00
YEAR 3  £   3,950.00  £            3,950.00
YEAR 4  £   3,950.00  £            3,950.00
YEAR 5  £   3,950.00  £            3,950.00
Extension - Writing up  £      850.00  £               850.00
TOTAL £ 20,600.00 £          20,600.00

MRes fees

FULL-TIME MRes fee table
  UK/EU fee: International fee:
YEAR 1 £ 7,900.00 £ 11,600.00
TOTAL £ 7,900.00 £ 11,600.00
PART-TIME MRes fee table
  UK/EU fee: International fee:
YEAR 1 £  7,900.00 £ 11,600.00
YEAR 2 £   3,950.00 £ 5,800.00
TOTAL £  7,900.00 £ 11,600.00

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