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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 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.

Research community brochure

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Download LSBU's research community brochure.

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.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Caitriona Beaumont

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Social History; Director of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences

Dr Caitríona Beaumont is Associate Professor in Social History specialising in the history of female activism, women’s movements and feminism in twentieth century Britain and Ireland.


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
See below
Mode
MRes Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
4986
Application method
See below
Mode
PhD Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
P052656
Application method
See below
Mode
PhD Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
P052656
Application method
See below
Mode
PhD Distance learning
Duration
6 years
Start date
January; February; April; September; October
Application code
P052656
Application method
See below

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for entry in any other month should use our dedicated \;application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our \;How to apply section for postgraduate students and our \;How to apply section for research students.

Considering your application

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.

Research proposal

If you are a PhD applicant, please attach an outline of your research proposal (up to 1,000 words).

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.

If you are an MRes applicant, please provide a short statement, of no more than 500 words, outlining the area of research you are interested in focusing on.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4985Session code: 1FS02
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4985Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 9019Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13720
International £40315
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2556International fee: £7875
AOS/LSBU code: 9039Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13720
International £40315
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2130International fee: £6562.5
AOS/LSBU code: 4986Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £4260
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £4260
AOS/LSBU code: 9075Session code: 1DS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £22240
International £22240

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.

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Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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