Research course

Social Policy

Bangor University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline is required. Students without a Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be required to undertake a taught research training programme in their first year. Students should submit a research outline which must be approved by the Course Director.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Social Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate training. The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. For research students we are able to provide both a full ESRC recognised research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects. The research interests of current staff include: Comparative social policy; The historical sociology of health; Health policies and devolution; Mental illness and learning disabilities; Ageing and social change; Housing policy.

Department specialisms

Public Policy; Health and Social Care; Equal Opportunities; Housing Policy; Race; Governance and Civil Liberties; History of Social Policy; Health Inequalities; Social Policy in Wales.

Information for international students

TOEFL or IELTS certificate may be required. Faculty English programme available.

Fees and funding

ESRC +3 Research Training Recognition (Social Policy). The School offers occasional bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Prof Ian Rees Jones
01248 382222
01248 382085