PhD; MRes SOCIAL SCIENCES

UK Fees

£4820.00

Int. Fees

£16900.00

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

  • Parliaments and legislatures
  • Political institutions
  • Engagement and participation
  • Representation
  • Theories of democracy
  • Political narratives and storytelling
  • Elections and voting
  • Civil society
  • The voluntary sector
  • Charities
  • NGOs
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Race
  • Race, Disproportionality and Social Justice
  • Globalisation
  • International relations
  • Migration
  • Human rights
  • Genocide
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Social movements
  • Women's movements
  • Elites and networks
  • Agency
  • Development studies
  • Youth crime and desistance
  • Youth Safety
  • Young people and justice
  • Youth work/youth policy
  • Prostitution
  • Human trafficking
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Policing
  • Education for sustainability
  • Politics of sustainability
  • Politics and climate change
  • Social science research methods
  • Twentieth century Britain
  • Welfare and social policy
  • Social history
  • Political violence and state harms
  • State violence, harm and international justice
  • Criminalisation of dissent
  • Prison and prison experiences
  • Penal theories and policies
  • Experiences of the criminal justice system, imprisonment, violence and trauma
  • Peacebuilding
  • Transitional justice
  • Aesthetics
  • The Holocaust
  • Empire and contemporary imperialism
  • Fascism/contemporary right wing extremism/populism
  • China and the world system
  • Contemporary China

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.

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePhD Full-time Duration3 years Start dateJanuary; April; September Application code9019 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModePhD Part-time Duration5 years Start dateJanuary; April; September Application code9039 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModePhD Distance learning Duration6 years Start dateJanuary; April; September Application code9075 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeMRes Full-time Duration1 year Start dateJanuary; April; September Application code4985 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeMRes Part-time Duration2 years Start dateJanuary; April; September Application code4986 Application method Direct to LSBU

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level 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.

United Kingdom

£4820.00

Tuition fees for home students

International

£16900.00

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Part-time

    part-time

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2892.00 International fee: £10140.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    MRes Social Sciences (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2410.00 International fee: £8450.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 4986 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £4820.00
    International: £16900.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £4820.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 1DS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £25290.00
    International: £25290.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 1PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 1PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    MRes Social Sciences (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 4986 Session code: 1PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £4670.00
    International: £15400.00

    MRes Social Sciences (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 4986 Session code: 1PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £4670.00
    International: £15400.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 1DS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 1DS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2892.00 International fee: £10140.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    MRes Social Sciences (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2410.00 International fee: £8450.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 4986 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £4820.00
    International: £16900.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £4820.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 2DS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £25290.00
    International: £25290.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 2PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 2PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    MRes Social Sciences (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 4986 Session code: 2PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £4670.00
    International: £15400.00

    MRes Social Sciences (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 4986 Session code: 2PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £4670.00
    International: £15400.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 2DS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 2DS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2892.00 International fee: £10140.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 3PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £4820.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 3DS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £25290.00
    International: £25290.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 3PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 3PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 3DS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 3DS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2892.00 International fee: £10140.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 4PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £4820.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 4DS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £25290.00
    International: £25290.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 4PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 4PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 4DS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 4DS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £2892.00 International fee: £10140.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 5PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £4820.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 5DS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £25290.00
    International: £25290.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 5PS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: 5PS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 5DS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 5

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: 5DS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 6

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £1190.00 International fee: £1190.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: WUS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 6

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £1190.00 International fee: £1190.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: WUS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £25290.00
    International: £25290.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 6

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: WUS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (PT) - Year 6

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9039 Session code: WUS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 6

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: WUS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00

    PhD Social Sciences (DL) - Year 6

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9075 Session code: WUS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £24500.00
    International: £24500.00
  • Full-time

    full-time

    MRes Social Sciences (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £16900.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 4985 Session code: 1FS00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £16900.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    MRes Social Sciences (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 4985 Session code: 1FS10

    MRes Social Sciences (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 4985 Session code: 1FS20

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 1FS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 1FS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £16900.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 2FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 2FS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 2FS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4820.00 International fee: £16900.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 3FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 3FS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: 3FS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £1190.00 International fee: £1190.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: WUS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15650.00
    International: £51890.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: WUS10
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

    PhD Social Sciences (FT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 9019 Session code: WUS20
    Total course fee:
    UK: £15160.00
    International: £47350.00

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.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode PhD Full-time Duration 3 years Start date January; April; September Application code 9019 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode PhD Part-time Duration 5 years Start date January; April; September Application code 9039 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode PhD Distance learning Duration 6 years Start date January; April; September Application code 9075 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode MRes Full-time Duration 1 year Start date January; April; September Application code 4985 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode MRes Part-time Duration 2 years Start date January; April; September Application code 4986 Application method Direct to LSBU

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through 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.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

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

The Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for the School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) is Dr Helen Young but you should contact an appropriate potential supervisor in the first instance.

Before applying formally, we would strongly recommend that you discuss your draft proposal with a potential supervisor whose profile indicates that their research area is similar to yours. See the list of supervisors below.

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.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment

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 Enrolment pages.

Careers

Employability Service

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:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • 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.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

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

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.

Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

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