Research course

Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Institution
Queen's University Belfast · School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Research Strategies

The School has a reputation for research which has maximum impact. This includes comparative studies with international partners, ensuring that research we do has relevance locally, nationally and internationally.

All are pursued through a range of theoretical and empirical approaches that take account of the person in society, social division and intersectoral stratification. Various methodological approaches are reflected in our research including qualitative, quantitative, cross-cultural, longitudinal, biographical and comparative history.

We approach the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies and criminology from a broad perspective and encourage multidisciplinary approaches to study and analysis of social phenomena. We see ourselves as social scientists committed to ways of working that interact with and build knowledge and capacities in the communities around us and have a positive impact on human well-being. Our research is organised into seven themes:

  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Conflict and Social Change
  • Social Inequalities
  • Disability Ageing and Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Trauma, Violence and Abuse

Research Strengths

Some of the School's research strengths include:

  • Adoption and fostering
  • Attitude surveys
  • Behavioural analysis
  • Border studies
  • Children in state care/leaving care
  • Cognitive-behavioural approaches
  • Comparative analysis of conflict societies
  • Criminality; Drugs and alcohol use
  • Gender and identity theory
  • Health, illness and disability
  • Historical and contemporary social movements
  • Mental health, social work and social policy
  • Social work and social conflict in Northern Ireland
  • The sociology of religion
  • Theory and measurement of poverty, inequality and social exclusion

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
pgsoc@qub.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)28 9097 5117
Fax
+44 (0)28 9097 3943