Research course

Sociology and Social Policy

University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences and an MA with merit of above; mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Doctoral Training Centre, offering both one-plus-three degrees and three year degrees. For the one-plus-three route students undertake an initial year of Research Methods training leading to an MA, prior to progressing to develop their main research focus.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Health; Work, Employment, Professions; Gender; Social Work; Social Security; Social Exclusion; Socio-Legal Studies; Genetics and Society; Sociology of Culture and News Media; Eastern Europe.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Sociology and Social Policy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5354