Research course

Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Gerontology

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally require an honours degree with a first or 2.1 classification, or a masters degree, in a relevant subject. In exceptional circumstances applications from professional staff with several years' experience in the health or social professions may be considered, but they will need to demonstrate an ability to undertake academic study at this level. IELTS 6.5

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Professional research training through devising and implementing a research project, undertaking formal and informal training in subject-specific and transferable skills, and professional development activities.

74% of research is judged world leading or internationally excellent in quality (4* and 3*).

Department specialisms

For a list of current research strengths for supervising a research degree look on the Research website Social Policy Particular strengths in gerontology and ageing

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Information for international students

English Language proficiency required to IELTs 6.5. Keele has research students from over 50 different countries. We offer a safe green campus environment. Support specifically for international students includes an International Students Support Officer and free English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All sponsorship opportunities are listed on the
Prospective applicants are advised to look regularly from December onwards to see if there are any opportunities available in your field.

Key sponsors: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


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

Course contact details

PGR Administrator
+44 (0)1782 733641