Research course

Sociology and Social Policy

University of Liverpool · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

For research degrees we expect candidates to normally hold a UK first degree in the first or upper second class, or a second class degree plus a Masters degree or equivalent, preferably in the Social Sciences.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Sociology and Social Policy has a thriving, expanding postgraduate research culture, with activities in three broad areas:-

Urban space, culture and regeneration:- The social, cultural and economic impact of Liverpool’s designation as European Capital of Culture 2008 is of particular interest, as is the impact of culture-led regeneration on aspects of social inclusion.

Crime, regulation and social control:- Staff have particular strengths in:

  • Crime
  • Communities and cities
  • The State and social order
  • Risk, regulation and surveillance
  • The criminalisation of urban spaces
  • Youth crime, penal policy and social control.

Critical social policy:-this addresses particular questions of welfare, health, state social work, poverty, inequality and social justice. Age, generation and life course analysis, childhood, youth and older age, are other strengths.

Subject Overview

We value our research students highly, provide excellent support and encourage them to take part in our various projects.

Your proposal will be particularly welcome if you’re interested in research that has a comparative or international element.

We’re happy to consider research proposals and applications from students in other areas where these can be supported by staff research and supervision interests as indicated below.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Research Administrator Clare Horton (

For specific academic enquiries please contact the Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research Dr Susan Pickard (

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927