Research course

Social and Political Science (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

Research and scholarship has developed and fl ourished around a number of key areas in the department including: Criminology, Sociology, Politics, Economics, International Relations, Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Psychological Trauma.

The Centre for Research and Education in Psychological Trauma (CREPT) is based within the department and actively engages in research in areas related to psychological trauma. Current areas of interest are: The Use of Mindfulness and Compassionate Mind Training in Working With Traumatic Responses; Mindfulness as Stress Inoculation; Supervising Trauma Therapists; and Trauma Within the Context of Child Physical Healthcare.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
12-48 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000