Research course


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 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: Ethnographic and ethnomethodological studies of work; Conversation analysis; Membership categorisation analysis; Schooling and social interaction; Culture and media; Popular culture; Language and social interaction; Identity and diversity; Childhood and family.

Department specialisms

Ethnomethodology; Conversation Analysis; Sociology of Childhood; Women and the Family; Social Theories of Culture; Media Organisations and Cultures of Broadcasting; Community and Locality Studies; The Sociology of Wales; Rural/Urban Sociology; National Identity.

Information for international students

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


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

Course contact details

Prof Stephen Hester
01248 382222
01248 382085