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MPhil/PhD Social Policy

Research within the School of Social and Political Sciences has helped to inform public policy. Research projects have explored parliamentary reform, political participation by young people and scrutiny of the intelligence services.

The Course

Social Policy is concerned with the causes of social problems and what local and national governments attempt to do about them. Areas of interest at the School of Social and Political Sciences include poverty and social exclusion, homelessness policy, education, and family policy.

This programme is aimed at those with an active interest in such concerns and who wish to hone in on a particular area of interest.

The active social policy research base in the School of Social and Political Sciences ensures that staff who teach on this programme are involved in current debates and that students are made aware of new developments and issues in the area.

Opportunities for research are available across a range of topics in social and political sciences.

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

  • Housing and urban regeneration
  • Poverty and social exclusion
  • Social divisions (especially gender, race, disability, sexuality and age)
  • The policy process
  • Family policy
  • Comparative politics
  • Homelessness policy
  • Climate change policy
  • Education policy
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 considerable 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. Students are asked to contribute to the department's research seminar series, are able to apply for funding to attend conferences, and are encouraged to publish their work including in the department's Social Research Paper series and in journals. 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.

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.
Enrolment Dates

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.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £14,100 £7,050

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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

PhD: Master’s degree with a research component.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Peter Somerville PhD Social and Political Sciences

Professor Peter Somerville

Programme Leader


Contact: psomerville@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Social Policy is a diverse subject and the skills acquired through its study and research can equip graduates with a unique set of skills and knowledge for a varied career in industry.

A range of private, public, and third sector organisations are involved social policy and there are opportunities to work at local, national, and international levels. This includes central government, local authorities, and supra-national bodies, but also think tanks, charities, NGOs, and social enterprises.

Alternatively, graduates may pursue positions as researchers or academics in institutes of higher education.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University is situated next to the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, just a few minutes' walk away from the thriving city centre, which offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and accommodation.


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.