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Social Sciences (Postgraduate Research), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The postgraduate research students of the Social Sciences (Postgraduate Research) programme offered by the University of Wolverhampton are afforded the opportunity to develop their research skills through participation in training events organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University’s Doctoral College.
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Overview

Why choose this course?

  • PhD students at the Department of Social Sciences, Inclusion and Public Protection (SSIPP) are supervised by academics who are leading experts across a range of areas in which they have researched, worked and published. At least one academic in each supervisory team will have a track record of successful supervisions and all supervisors will have taken part in the university’s PhD supervision training.
  • SSIPP prides itself on the levels of support provided to postgraduate research students in the course of their PhD journey. Our academics are committed to their subject areas and meet regularly with their supervisees to work closely with them at all stages of the project, from inception to completion.
  • The University of Wolverhampton provides a collegiate research environment and first-class facilities to its PhD students, including a dedicated postgraduate research room, use of the University’s Harrison Learning Centre and access to key Social Science databases and journals. Where necessary, staff will also support PhD students with gaining access to other sources of information necessary for their doctoral studies. 
  • Postgraduate research students are encouraged to present their research to University academics and fellow PhD students through hosting research seminars.  Again, this is an area where our supportive and knowledgeable PhD supervisors are happy to support and advise where needed.

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of the Social Sciences (Postgraduate Research) programme offered by the University of Wolverhampton opens up a range of career opportunities and demonstrates your proven skills as a researcher.  Within the social sciences, having a PhD is becoming an increasingly essential element for those looking to develop a career in lecturing or research within higher education.  

As well as higher education, a PhD will assist in accessing research opportunities within government, commercial and voluntary sector organisations.  As well as demonstration of your research skills, a PhD shows your extensive knowledge of a particular field in an applied and rigorous manner that is attractive to employers. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date
    • Variable start date.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The PhD programme in the School has the following three milestones:

  • Registration
  • Progression
  • Examination

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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • a first or upper second class honours degree, or
  • a master’s degree, or
  • evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13645 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13645 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Part-time:

  • Home/EU - 2204 GBP per year.
  • International - 6823 GBP per year.

Living costs for Wolverhampton

  • 550 - 900 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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