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Social Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom| Online
The PhD is an advanced postgraduate qualification, involving three or more years in which you work through the issues associated with solving a particular problem. The Social Sciences programme is offered at Birmingham City University.
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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.

Our PhD 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Full Time (3-4 years); Part Time (4-7 years); Distance Learning (4-7 years)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •     Crime, Culture and Contemporary Media
  •     Birmingham Urban Studies
  •     Extremism, Security Studies and Terrorism
  •     Positive Criminology
  •     Sports Criminology
  •     Applied Cognition and Technology
  •     Applications and Interventions in Positive Psychology
  •     Health and Well-Being
  •     Inequalities
  •     Psychological Research in Development and Education
  •     Applied Forensic Psychology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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

  • 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

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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