Research course

Social Sciences

Staffordshire University · Creative Arts and Engineering

Entry requirements

Satisfactory completion of a relevant Masters award.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The PhD commences with two simultaneous tasks. First, a short course (the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods) that builds up your knowledge and skills concerning the nature and practicalities of academic research. Second, the writing and agreement of an in-depth research proposal. From that point, you work with your supervisors on an agreed schedule, leading up to the submission of the thesis. Throughout, you will be expected to participate fully in the life of the department (coming to departmental events, giving papers, etc.). Along the way we will help you to develop skills and experience useful for your future. We try to provide, but cannot guarantee, teaching experience, as well as conference and publication experience.

Research opportunities are available in the areas of Philosophy, History, English, Sociology and Politics.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 1782 294 400