Research course

Families, relationships and communities

Institution
Open University · Department of Social Policy
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA or /MSc

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Department of Social Policy and Criminology has extensive interests in this field and is engaged in a number of lived-experience, policy- and welfare-related research projects. We are active members of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), leading the Families, Relationships and Communities Programme, and contributing to the Psychosocial Programme.

Our substantive areas of interest include:

  • Meanings and practices of couple relationships
  • Family ‘troubles’
  • Bereavement and change
  • Parenting, kinship and intergenerational relationships
  • Fatherhood
  • Intimacy and sexualities in personal lives
  • Children’s rights, participation and agency
  • The emotional dynamics of welfare encounters
  • Parenting and risk
  • Parenting in urban communities
  • Histories of gendered and generational family meanings and family lives.

We have an international reputation for methodological innovation, with particular strengths in qualitative mixed-methods research, visual methods, biographical and life-story research, discourse analysis, historical methods and ethnography.

Research students connected to this area are encouraged to join CCIG and to participate in the supportive and collegial research culture in the department.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

For guidance on choosing a research project, please visit the Faculty of Social Sciences Research website. Information there will help you identify and articulate your research project, and tells you who to contact to discuss it with before writing your proposal and submitting an application.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Ms Donna Collins
Email
socsci-spc-pg-admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 654534