Research course

Humanities and Social Science

University of Greenwich · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A first degree in a relevant subject, normally 2.1 or above; a Masters degree is an additional advantage. • Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system. • Applications must submit a 500-word outline of proposed research with their application form.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Humanities & Social Sciences welcomes enquiries and applications from those interested in full- or part-time study for an MPhil or PhD degree. Particular areas of strength that were entered for the most recent Research Assessment Exercise included communication and media studies, literary and cultural studies, English and performance studies, history, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, criminology and law. It is essential that applicants have a clear idea of the research they wish to pursue with us before submitting an application. We require that applications are accompanied by an outline of proposed research.

The School has a strong commitment to supporting our research students in their academic and professional development. The School offers a Postgraduate Research Generic Skills Programme for our first year students to support them with the initial challenges of managing their PhD. It includes seminars on critical appraisal of the literature and contextualisation, introduction to research methods, research ethics, time and project management, thesis and presentations and how to get published.

The School has state-of-the-art film and video editing studios and equipment, and has good online and on-site library facilities, with access to the British Library and all London University Libraries.

The School has a strong commitment towards developing a dynamic and vibrant post-graduate research community. The School also host frequent academic seminars on topics of interest for staff and research students. The School of Law runs a Research Seminar Series every semester.

Staff at the School are active researchers and participate in a range of international networks which benefit our postgraduate research students.


Recent research project topics include:

  • Communications and the Creative Arts (media studies; performance; media communications; the electronic and digital arts; video; film studies; literary studies; sonic arts and visual culture)
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Law (especially international law)

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-48 months
full time
24 months


part time
48-60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000