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PhD (School of Social Sciences) Doctorate

PhD (School of Social Sciences) Doctorate

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Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Social Sciences

Course type


Course Summary


All of the Academic Divisions in the School of Social Sciences invite PhD applications.

The research areas are only broadly indicative, and our staff place great store by creative and innovative approaches to issues whether they are novel or familiar – and to intellectual analysis, both established and path-breaking.

Subjects we supervise include the following areas:

  • Development Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Social Work and Social Care

Undertaking a PhD is an exciting opportunity but can also be quite daunting as there are lots of stages to think about including application, arrival, admission, expectations, and progression to name but a few. At the School of Social Sciences, we believe it is important that, although our research students are working on individual projects, they are not working in isolation. We offer a range of opportunities for training, developing skills, regular supervision sessions and ongoing peer support.

Learning and assessment

In order to confirm your progression, a recommendation must be made to the Faculty Research Degrees Committee. The student is required to produce detailed documentation with a timetable of further work to completion and attend a progress meeting. This is sometimes called a progression or transfer panel and is a compulsory university requirement.

Students will be required to go through this process between the 12 and 13 month mark of their registration. The documents required for the meeting are as follows:

  • a three-page overview report on your study, that reflects on your progress to date and raises anything that you would particularly like feedback on;
  • a substantive chapter of your thesis;
  • a research proposal;
  • a thesis planner.

Career prospects

One of the University of Bradford's goals is to equip all our students with the attributes and capabilities to be confident and capable in their life beyond university.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy: First or upper-second class degree of Bachelor at an approved university or institution; A higher degree at an approved university or institution; Exceptionally, candidates with lower than above but with experience and training as suitable preparation. Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy now register directly on the Doctor of Philosophy award.For the degree of Master of Philosophy: Degree of Bachelor at an approved university or institution; Professional qualification approved by the Faculty Research Postgraduate Degrees Sub-Committee and suitable general education and training; Exceptionally, candidates with less than above but able to give satisfactory evidence of having obtained adequate standard of knowledge may be accepted by the Faculty Postgraduate Research Degrees Sub-Committee.

University information

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