Various methodological approaches - including qualitative, quantitative, cross-cultural, longitudinal, biographical and comparative history - are reflected in our research. We approach the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies, and criminology from a broad perspective and encourage multidisciplinary approaches to the study and analysis of social phenomena. We see ourselves as social scientists committed to ways of working that interact with and build knowledge and capacities in the communities around us.
The annual research income is currently over £1.6m and our funders and partners include the research councils, government departments, the EU, Council of Europe and the large foundations. School research is informing thinking and the development of policies in many areas, such as the well-being of children, social cohesion, equality, physical and mental health, and illicit drug use.
The School's research training is recognised by the ESRC and we attract postgraduate research students from many parts of the world including several European countries, Ghana, India, Jordan, Russia, Uganda and the USA.
Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queen's University Belfast (QUB) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
You can apply until:
Make sure you verify exact dates on the programme website.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.
Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University)
and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation or research project (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).
Applicants who hold a UK 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be considered if they hold a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with the results stipulated above (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Evidence of relevant professional experience and/or attendance at interview may be required in such cases.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on their International Students website.
International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
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