Research course

Social Sciences and Humanities PhD

Institution
Aston University · School of Languages and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

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Entry requirements

  • Possess a masters degree from a UK university or hold an equivalent qualification. An overall merit or equivalent, with merit in the dissertation is normally required.
  • Have the required skills and experience
  • Submit a detailed research proposal (typically 8 to 12 pages) on a relevant subject (see 'How to Apply').

Months of entry

October

Course content

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) welcomes applications for the doctoral programme in any of the research areas covered by the School. This includes: English (language, literature, applied linguistics); History; Translation Studies; European Integration in comparative political, security, social and economic contexts; International Relations; Politics; Sociology and Policy.

Researchers in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) are a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary community, working across the humanities, arts and social sciences, and bringing together a unique blend of internationally well-connected scholars.

For the Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014), the current system to assess the quality of UK research, SSH submitted to two panels – ‘Area Studies’ and ‘Modern Languages and Linguistics’. The results released on 18 December 2014 ranked Aston amongst the leading institutions in the UK and achieved some particularly outstanding successes:

Area Studies: 81% of the SSH submission has been judged as “world leading or internationally excellent”. This is the 3rd highest percentage in the UK for this unit of assessment.

Modern Languages and Linguistics: 60% of the SSH submission has been awarded the highest marks (4*) for research impact. This is the highest 4* percentage in the West Midlands, and places Aston within the top 10 for this unit of assessment regarding impact.

Area Studies: The submission is ranked 5th out of 23 institutions in the UK for Area Studies in the overall REF 2014 rankings.

Modern Languages and Linguistics: 100% of the SSH submission to this panel has been awarded 4* or 3* for research environment, ranking Aston joint 1st in the UK for this measure.

SSH welcome applications for the doctoral programme in any of the research areas covered by the School, this includes: English (language, literature, applied linguistics), History, Languages (French, German, Spanish), European Integration in comparative political, security, social and economic contexts, International Relations, Politics, Sociology and Policy.

Information for international students

For applicants who are not from majority English-speaking countries, it is necessary to meet our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

International students
£15,100

Applications for fully funded studentships in the College of Business and Social Sciences are now closed. This page will be updated when we are accepting applications for the next round of studentship funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Aston Enquiries
Email
ask@aston.ac.uk