The team of policy experts of the Social Policy programme offered by the University of Bristol come from a wide variety of backgrounds in social policy research, social work, sociology, poverty, gender violence, disability studies, childhood studies, health and social care, urban studies history, human geography, economics, psychology, physical activity nutrition and health sciences, and family and child welfare, based within seven specialist research centres.
Our research examines policy areas that affect us all in day-to-day life, influences and challenges policies implemented by governments and institutions, and investigates the issues, factors and attitudes underlying the social concerns that make the headlines every day.
The school is an exciting environment for graduate studies; we welcome graduate students from the UK and around the world to join our diverse and highly-rated research team. We particularly welcome applications on topics with direct relevance to national and international policy concerns.
Studying social policy equips students with a wide range of knowledge and skills across various interests and fields. As a result, studying social policy and developing skills in analysis and research is relevant to vocational or non-vocational work in many different settings and subject areas.
Previous University of Bristol social policy students have gone on to work in higher education, policy-related fields, local government, other public sector bodies and third sector organisations. Careers have included those related to health and welfare, community work, the criminal justice system, higher education, management and consultancy.
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- Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences
- Children and Families Research Centre
- Centre for Gender and Violence Research
- Centre for Research in Health and Social Care
- Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice
- Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research
- Norah Fry Research Centre
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- 48 months
- 84 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised.
DisciplinesPsychology Sociology Cognitive Sciences View 86 other PhDs in Psychology in United Kingdom
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- An upper second-class honours degree and a pass at MSc/MA level (or equivalent experience/qualification).
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International18900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 48 months.
National4475 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4475 GBP per year during 48 months.
- UK: part-time£2,238
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time£9,475
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.