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Part-time

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Brayford Pool

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SOCSCIRP

MPhil/PhD Social Sciences

The College of Social Science undertakes internationally recognised research, and welcomes students from across the globe to join our academic community.

Our Alumni Scholarship can reduce fees by up to 20 per cent for UK students. See our Scholarship and Bursaries page for more information.

Key Information

Full-time

Dependent on pathway

Part-time

Dependent on pathway

Typical Offer

View

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

SOCSCIRP

Welcome to MPhil/PhD Social Sciences

Postgraduate research in the School of Social and Political Sciences is informed by the expertise of its team of academics, who have long-standing links to industry, government, research organisations, and the voluntary sector.

Opportunities for research are available across a range of topics in social and political sciences. Current students' research projects include:

- the 1984/5 miners' strikes
- gender and violence
- preventive diplomacy
- educational inequality
- female labour migration
- the 21st Century free party scene

Research Areas and Topics

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision a variety of research areas including:

  • Gender and violence
  • Fatherhood
  • Family
  • Terrorism
  • Culture and inequality
  • Sex work
  • Rural community
  • Homelessness

Further information about staff specialisms can be found on the web pages of the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in the following research areas:

  • Gender and violence
  • Fatherhood
  • Family
  • Terrorism
  • Culture and inequality
  • Sex work
  • Rural community
  • Homelessness

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

How You Study

Research students can enrol for MPhil or PhD awards. These degrees are normally undertaken wholly by thesis and can be carried out either on a full-time or a part-time basis.

The School aims to provide appropriate support to enable students to become independent researchers. Students are required to follow a structured pattern of activity during which their progress can be monitored and encouraged. Students are allocated two supervisors and the emphasis is on providing whatever training is required, as well as the development of knowledge.

Students are asked to contribute to the School's research seminar series, are able to apply for funding to attend conferences, and are encouraged to publish their work and to develop links with appropriate external networks.

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge relevant to the student's subject area and research methods, and have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring, and other support. Students can engage with external experts and advisors as necessary.

Students may also have the opportunity to contribute to teaching, subject to the necessary training.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, a significant portion of time will be spent in independent study and research. Students will meet with their academic supervisors at least once a month for full-time students, and every two months for part-time students.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

MPhil: First or upper second class honours degree or Master's degree.

PhD: Master's degree with a research component.

How you are assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student's thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Career and Personal Development

This programme can help students develop the high-level research skills and knowledge required to establish a career in fields related to their research. Some graduates may pursue roles in research, government, the criminal justice system, local authorities, and other public services, as well as academia.

How to Apply

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Dr Andrew Defty - Associate Professor

Dr Andrew Defty - Associate Professor

Andrew teaches on a range of modules within the School of Social and Political Sciences. He has made numerous contributions to national and local radio on topics ranging from voting in the Eurovision song contest to House of Lords reform.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.

Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.