Candidates MUST normally have;
- Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
- Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
- Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
- All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.
Tier 4 Student Visa - International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.
Months of entry
The Social Statistics discipline area at the University of Manchester has a thriving and diverse research community. Along with colleagues in Sociology, we had the highest proportion of research rated world leading of any UK University by the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education. The REF 2014 also rated our research environment as one of the top two in the UK.
Our research themes include: census and survey methodology, statistical methods in the analysis of social data, social network analysis, latent variable modelling, population studies, ethnic and gender differences and employment and the labour market. Some recent PhD titles include: 'The Role of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Collection and Dissemination of Census and Survey Data' and 'Race and Population - a Statistical Demographic Approach'.
PhD students are supervised by at least two members of staff who are experts in their areas of research. Students have an outstanding array of potential training options available to them, including places on postgraduate course units and short courses.
Programme Director: Dr Nick Shryane
Tel: 0161 275 0276
Information for international students
- IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
- ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
- Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
- All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.
Scores are valid for 2 years.
For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.
Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID
Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Sessional English Courses:
If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).
The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
Please see the School's funding page for further information.
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- School of Social Sciences (Faculty of Humanities) - Research Impact Scholarships 2018 - to be confirmed
- School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - 2018/2019
- School of Social Sciences - North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWSSDTP/ESRC) - Studentships - 2018
- School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - January 2018 start
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Social Sciences
- +44 (0)161 275 4743
- +44 (0)161 275 2450