Research course

Applied Social Science

Lancaster University · Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

A Masters degree and an upper second class honours degree, with a viable research proposal. Equivalents are accepted and support is given in completing research proposals.

Months of entry


Course content

We believe that matching well qualified, able and enthusiastic PhD and MPhil students with supervisors who have relevant experience, expertise, and research interests, makes a healthy research environment. To this end we design our procedures to give candidates as much information as possible about our research and to allow us to judge a candidate’s ability to undertake research at this level. We offer a number of flexible full-time and part-time routes, and an innovative pathway for students wanting to focus on professional practice.

Our research record is well established in the fields of drugs, youth offending, disability studies, theories of welfare, gender and sexuality, child protection, family support and family justice, law and social work, community care, and health and social care. Recent work has been informed by a growing emphasis on issues of equal opportunities, social justice, poverty and social exclusion.

We are committed to a wide range of interdisciplinary projects, collaborative projects with practice agencies and policy focused studies.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    (part-time options are also available)

Course contact details

Sociology Admissions
+44 (0)1524 593148