Research course

Social Sciences

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Natural and Social Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

  • MA or MSc by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The university offers a broad range of research opportunities in the social sciences. Within the School of Natural and Social Sciences, research expertise encompasses the disciplines of sociology, criminology, human geography, development studies, education studies and aspects of psychology.

Research areas include:

Public Protection

Domestic abuse and homicide; stalking; serious sexual assault; offender management and treatment; domestic violence and dementia; domestic homicide review methodology; disclosure of childhood sexual violence; access to support for victims of violence.

Stronger and safer communities

Restorative justice; policing and the community; crime and anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy; community impact of alcohol abuse; social and supported housing; smart commissioning.

Sociology and politics

Democracy and governance; social and political systems; social policy; the sociology of education; gender studies; media.

Globalisation and development

Migration and transnational identities; population health, wellbeing and ageing; democracy in global governance; international security and terrorism; representation, development and change in Africa; food production, distribution and marketing in developing countries.

Pedagogic research

Effective teaching and learning in universities and schools; inclusive education, gender, race and disability; university-community relationships including volunteering; use of new technologies in teaching; the student experience. Two supervisors in social sciences are National Teaching Fellows.

Psychology and social issues

Wellbeing and resilience in caring professions; management and treatment of offenders.

Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection (CLIPP).

Department specialisms

Community Policy; 'Racial' Discrimination; Applications of Social and Political Theory; Community Health; Community Care; Ethnic Minority Communities; Social Policy; 'Race'

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
30-48 months


part time
30-60 months
full time
18-36 months

MSc by research

part time
18-36 months
full time
12-24 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+ 44 (0)3330 141414