Research course

Applied Social Research

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent); and
  • A relevant Master's degree, with a minimum average grade of 65% in course units and your dissertation, and no mark lower than 55% (or international equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Applied Social Research is a three year full-time programme (Six years part-time) that examines important issues based on large-scale and complex social surveys using advanced statistical methods.

We have a strong connection with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI), an interdisciplinary research centre within the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester.

The institute provides a focal point for the application of quantitative methods in interdisciplinary social science research, in order to generate a world class research environment.

The Institute builds on our existing strong reputation for quantitative social science and the development and application of advanced quantitative methods. A distinctive feature of the Institute is the application of advanced and innovative methods to address social, economic and political questions.


You will have the opportunity to apply for a placement in the course of your studies through the PhD Placement Scheme , subject to supervisor approval. The scheme is flexible, with placements carried out over a period of four weeks to three months (full-time or part-time basis), depending on the requirements of the placement provider.

To secure a placement, you may either apply for one of the placements advertised by one of our non-HEI partners, or design and propose your own placement to a non-HEI organisation of your choice. Support will be provided throughout the process.

A placement offers a number of key benefits, such as:

  • Increasing your employability skills;
  • Potential to demonstrate research impact;
  • Developing professional networking opportunities with non-HEI organisations;
  • Participating in knowledge exchange; and
  • Demonstrating public engagement skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 4743