Research course

Social Sciences

Loughborough University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates require a 2:1 degree or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Department of Social Sciences comprises the disciplines of communication and media studies, criminology and social policy, social psychology and sociology. All of our academic staff are active researchers, working within and across the following disciplinary boundaries – Communication and Media Studies, Criminology, Social Policy, Social Psychology, and Sociology.

The Department of Social Sciences has long been recognised as an international centre of academic excellence and for its cutting-edge interdisciplinary work, and is home to world-leading, original and internationally excellent research in communication, media studies, sociology, and social psychology.

Our research has impact; staff work with a wide range of public and third sector bodies (e.g. BBC Trust, Metropolitan Police, the Electoral Commission, the College of Mediators, UK Drug Policy Commission, Department of Health).

Our social policy and criminology research has world-leading impact, particularly in services for children and minimum income standards.

Department specialisms

Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Social Policy, Social Psychology, Sociology, Centre for Child and Family Research, Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, Crime Science Research Group (CSRG).

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

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
+44 (0)1509 223365