Research course

Social Policy

Institution
Keele University · School of Social Science and Public Policy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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Entry requirements

Entry to our research programmes usually requires a Honours degree with a first or 2.1 classification, or the equivalent if you have been educated outside the UK.

Course start dates are either September or January but applications can be considered for any month.

Please visit the Keele website for more information on Postgraduate Research Entry Requirements.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Research in Social Policy at Keele extends across the life course, from early childhood to older age. There is a particular focus on inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding major issues affecting society, locating these in the context of the economic and social changes associated with globalization.

Research students in Social Policy have dedicated office space in the Moser Building where the social science research institutes are located. This is the site of a developing community of postgraduate scholars and research staff. Research training and courses to enhance the employability skills of our research students are provided by the Graduate school and students are encouraged to participate in these.

Postgraduate researchers have access to staff with a wide range of interests in the field of social policy, stretching from traditional concerns associated with poverty and inequality, to issues relating to urban regeneration and community development. Emphasis is placed upon a diversity of methodological procedures and user involvement in research. Research is currently supported through the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and some of the major charities. There is a particular interest in inter-disciplinary research linking social science with the humanities, health sciences and natural sciences. There is a strong community of PhD researchers with regular seminars and workshops, supported by leading international scholars in social research.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Ageing
  • Children and young people
  • Communities and regeneration
  • Family policy
  • Inter-professional education
  • Poverty, inequalities and social exclusion
  • User involvement in research

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgrad Research Administrator
Email
socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk