Social Policy, Sociology (MPhil), Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. For research students we are able to provide both a full ESRC recognised research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Qualification

PhD/MPhil

Duration

PhD: 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time; MPhil: 1 to 2 years full-time, 2 to 3 years part-time

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Areas

Social Policy and Sociology with specialisations in:

  • Comparative Social Policy
  • The historical sociology of health
  • Health Policies and devolution
  • Mental illness and learning disabilities
  • Ageing and social change
  • Housing Policy
  • Ethnographic and ethnomethodological studies of work
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Membership categorisation analysis
  • Schooling and social interaction
  • Culture and Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Language and social interaction
  • Identity and diversity
  • Childhood and family

Communities and Social Networks with specialisations in:

  • Community and locality
  • Activism and citizenship in rural areas
  • Lifestyles and environment
  • Civil society in Wales
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food and farming cultures
  • Later life, generations and the lifecourse
  • The shaping of European identities

Minority Languages and Cultures with specialisations in:

  • Language
  • Migration
  • Identity and belonging

Current graduate students are conducting research on:

  • The social organisation of net-based learning
  • Migration, ideas of national belonging and policy responses in Wales and Ireland
  • The economic and social significance of the SARS outbreaks
  • Wales in a global neighbourhood
  • Categorisation and special educational needs: implementing the SEN code of practice
  • The social construction of Welsh identity
  • The use of the Welsh language in the voluntary sector in Wales
  • The role of programme evaluation in the public sector organisation

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline is required. Students without a Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be required to undertake a taught research training programme in their first year. Students should submit a research outline which must be approved by the Course Director.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15500 International

Funding

ESRC 1+3 Research Training Recognition (Social Policy)
The School offers occasional scholarships and bursaries.

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