Ph.D. On Campus Online

Social Sciences

Birmingham City University

36 months
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The Social Sciences PhD from Birmingham City University, is an advanced postgraduate qualification, involving three or more years in which you work through the issues associated with solving a particular problem. Each research student is supported by a team of supervisors appointed for the particular study. 


The School welcomes enquiries relating to the fields of psychology, criminology and sociology. 

What's covered in the course?

In the School of Social Sciences, staff have recognised standing, nationally and internationally, in the following broad areas:

  • understanding crime and punishment;
  • the study of all aspects of psychology;
  • the exploration of social structures and change.

The Social Sciences PhD from Birmingham City University students benefit from regular supervision meetings with academics who are experts in their field. 

They have the opportunity to become members of our proactive research community made up of academics, postgraduate researchers and external partners.

Why Choose Us?

  • The School of Social Sciences has a developing, thriving and vibrant research community of which its PhD students are an essential part. 
  • Our PhD students benefit from regular supervision meetings with academics who are experts in their field
  • Students can make use of library, ICT and social-learning space facilities at our new City Centre Campus;
  • Students can, where available, undertake teaching opportunities, collaborate with academics, and contribute to research dissemination events taking place in the School.
  • The Centre for Applied Criminology is led by one of the UK’s leading Criminologists, Professor David Wilson.
  • You will be encouraged to publish in collaboration with your supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

Programme Structure

Research Areas

  • In Criminology, staff research includes subjects such as Crime Culture & Contemporary Media, Extremism Security Studies & Terrorism, Positive Criminology, Sports Criminology and Birmingham Urban Studies.
  • In Sociology, staff explore aspects of the African diasporic communities, popular culture, higher education and society and health, housing, domestic abuse and politics.
  • In Psychology, staff research explores three main areas: cognitive, developmental and disorders; forensic psychology; and individuals, society and health.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, in a discipline related to social sciences, to be considered for a PhD. 
  • Some PhD opportunities, such as those funded by a particular research council, may additionally require a Masters level degree.

Tuition Fee


Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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