A good honours degree in the social sciences, an interest in the chosen topic area and a clear idea of your proposed thesis topic. In the case of research in health services and personal social services, we will also consider candidates with professional qualifications alone and/or relevant experience in the health service.
Months of entry
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) has a long and distinguished history, and is one of the largest and most successful social science research communities in Europe.
It has received top ratings in Research Assessment Exercises, and most recently had 70% of its work judged as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of its “originality, significance and rigour”.
The School supports a large and thriving postgraduate community and in 2010 distributed in excess of £100,000 in Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) quota awards, and in University and SSPSSR bursaries and scholarships to new students.
Colleagues specialise in research of international, comparative and theoretical significance, and we have collective strengths in the following areas: civil society, NGOs and the third sector; cross-national and European social policy; health, social care and health studies; work, employment and economic life; risk, ‘risk society’ and risk management; race, ethnicity and religion; social and public policy; sociology and the body; crime, culture and control; sociological theory and the culture of modernity.
Within the School, there is a breadth and depth of expertise and we can offer high-quality supervision across a wide range of social and public policy areas. There are further details on the research activities and publications of individual members of staff and the School’s research units on the website. In addition to regular meetings with individual supervisors, all research students take a research training programme.
The School and its Social Policy component have several research units which act as a focus for postgraduate students working within those areas. Other research interests within the School have been grouped under certain headings for guidance. However, there is a degree of overlap between groups and your research project does not have to fall neatly within any one of them. Centre for Health Services (CHSS) Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements Civil Sector, the Third Sector and the Centre for Philanthropy Cross-national and European Social Policy Heath, Social Care and Health Studies Kent Crime and Justice Centre (KCJC) Centre for Child Protection Personal Social Services Research Unit Race, Ethnicity and Religion Risk, 'Risk Society', and Risk Management Social and Public Policy, Sociology and the Body Tizard Centre Work, Employment and Economic Life
Information for international students
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
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