Research course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

A UK bachelors degree with upper second-class honours and a Master of Science/Art in a relevant subject, plus research proposal and satisfactory performance at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme integrates a substantial taught element during the first 12–18 months, combining training in research skills with development of specialist subject knowledge and a range of personal skills. Successful completion of this initial phase will enable students to progress to undertake a substantial research project leading to a PhD thesis. During your research study you will receive support from a supervisor with expertise in your area.

Typical modules include: Understanding Education Research; Philosophy of Social Science Research; Research Design and Practice; Qualitative Methods I; Quantitative Methods I.

During Year 1, you will commence work on a project module designed to support the transition from initial research training to your research study and work on the PhD thesis. You may select a range of optional modules.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Integrated PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Social and Human Sciences
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