Research course

Social Statistics

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD are expected to have a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant Social Science subject with a minimum overall average of 60%.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

All students receive extensive training in Research Methods in the 1st year of their programme. We support the 1+3 model of training (our MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics is recognised by the ESRC). Research themes include: Census and Survey Methodology; Statistical Methods in the Analysis of Social Data; Population Studies; Ethnic and Gender Differences; Employment and the Labour Market. Recent PhD research topics: 'The Role of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Collection and Dissemination of Census and Survey Data'; 'Race and Population - a Statistical Demographic Approach'. All students receive joint supervision.

Department specialisms

The application of advanced quantitative methods to researching contemporary social and political problems. Main areas of activities are: Methodological Research; Inter-disciplinary Social Research; Post-graduate training.

Information for international students

Normal standard requirements: TOEFL 623 (263 CBT) with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 5.0., or IELTS 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 7

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 275 4743
+44 (0)161 275 2450