Research course

Social and Policy Sciences

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. AND A Masters degree or appropriate research training is also normally required. We consider applicants without Masters or appropriate research training on a case by case basis. We might require applicants to satisfactorily complete one of our Masters programmes, or to attend some/all of the units of our MRes programmes while undertaking the MPhil or PhD programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Students carry out a supervised programme of research at the leading edge of their chosen subject. From an initial proposal, students design and conduct a research programme under the direction of one or two members of our academic staff. The PhD research is written up as a substantial thesis and assessed in an extensive oral examination. You can choose to study any topic in which we have research expertise. We offer supervisory expertise in four disciplines:

  • International Development
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Social work

Our PhDs are not formally assigned a discipline and successful candidates can describe their PhD to reflect its main research area (e.g. PhD in Social Policy; PhD in International Development).

Department specialisms

The Department currently has four research centres: Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP) Centre for Death & Society (CDAS) Centre for Development Studies (CDS) History of Technology Research Unit (HOTRU) The research is grouped into five major themes: Children, Young People, Families Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Work and Welfare Global Transformations and Insecurity Governance and Policy Design

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components). TOEFL 600 (paper based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Further details of qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 386753