Research course

Social Sciences

Loughborough University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Good first degree or equivalent experience

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Department of Social Sciences is a world-leading centre for academic excellence, comprising the disciplines of communication and media studies, criminology and social policy, social psychology and sociology.

We are currently home to more that 30 research students, who work in diverse and often interdisciplinary projects. Our students frequently work with the department's several research centres and groups, such as the Centre for Research on Communication and Culture (comprising world-class research from political communication to conversation analysis), Cultural Communities and Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship Group and Loughborough's Qualitative Digital Research Lab (LiQUiD Lab).

Our research is also supported by, or directly impacts on, national and international institutions and organisations, including the BBC, the Electoral Commission, the Association of Mediation Assessors, Trainers and Instructors, the NHS, and the NSPCC amongst others.

Research Groups

Communication and Media Studies

Criminology and Social Policy

Social Psychology


Centre for Child and Family Research

Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP)

Communications Research Centre

Crime Science Research Group (CSRG)

Department specialisms

Organisation of journalism, Political communications, Cinema, Information and communication technologies, Critical theory, International dimensions of communications, Representations of social issues and social policies in the media, Sociology of new communication technologies, Media and nationalism, Media rituals, Symbolic geographies, Propaganda, Politics and the media, Popular culture, Advertising systems, Political communication

Information for international students

There are a number of international students taking higher degrees by research in the department.

Fees and funding

ESRC, AHRC, Faculty, University

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
01509 22 82 92