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Social Research and Policy PhD

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Full time | Southampton Solent University | 24 months | 07-OCT-22

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Full time


24 months

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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Social Policy / Administration Social Research

Course type


Course Summary

Our portfolio of social research is rich and diverse, with some of the most pressing societal concerns at the forefront of exploration. Our team of social researchers comprise psychologists, sociologists, health professionals, and business and marketing professionals. Solent University's social research concerns improving individual and community wellbeing through practice, provision, and policy.

Current strands of research seek to inform social policy and concern:

  • Corporate social responsibility in financial services marketing and implications for guidelines
  • Best practice guidelines for the provision of psychosocial interventions with implications for social prescribing
  • Experiences of gender and sexualities in sport and physical education and implications for guidelines, particularly in educational settings
  • Evaluation of services promoting health and wellbeing of children, younger adults, older adults, and families and implications for service provision
  • Exploring the impact of social inequalities and community on mental health and wellbeing with implications for service development and provision
  • Application of cognitive psychology to inform the criminal justice policy
  • Health, safety, and equality in seafaring professions and implications for policy

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Entry requirements

Applicants for an MPhil, or a PhD through the MPhil/PhD route, should hold at least one of the following: a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK University or a qualification which may be deemed equivalent by NARIC and the admissions review panel; or a master's degree from a UK University or a non UK qualification which may be deemed equivalent as above; or other qualifications, publications and/or appropriate professional training and experience which may be considered equivalent by the admissions review panel to one of the above.

University information

Solent University (SU) is a long-established and highly regarded educational institution in Southampton with over 160 years of teaching heritage to its name. With postgraduate courses available in a huge number of subject areas, SU offers a range of MA, MSc and MBA programs, as well as industry-accredited professional and part-time courses. SU is located in the coastal city of Southampton, a city with a population of around 250,000 which...more

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