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About our programmes

Social science research at Hull is focused on creating a positive impact on the real life conditions and experiences of individuals and communities, at a local, national and global level.

Our work has contributed to the renowned Global Slavery Index which charts the scale of contemporary slavery, and has affected policy changes at all level.

To help achieve this, we encourage and develop innovative yet pragmatic approaches to research. This means actively encouraging involvement from both academic and non-academic users to ensure that the main beneficiaries of our research are not only key policy makers and public sector professionals, but are also users of health and social care services, and those working in voluntary and community organisations.

We offer PhDs in the following areas:

  • PhD Media, Culture and Society
  • PhD Gender Studies
  • PhD Social Policy
  • PhD Sociology and Anthropology
  • PhD Social Justice
  • PhD Social Policy and Gender Studies
  • PhD Sociology and Anthropology and Gender Studies

During your four-year programme (seven years part-time) you will research and write a dissertation of 70,000 to 100,000 words on a topic chosen in conjunction with your supervisor.

Details

Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September

Research

Research in sociology and social sciences fits broadly within five key themes:

Globalisation, Power and Post-Colonialism

This research theme, supported by and associated with the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, is concerned with theorising global processes and systems of power, critically interrogating Western ideologies and addressing issues of governance, citizenship and social change in the contemporary world.

  • Cultural theory and politics
  • Deconstruction
  • Post-colonialism
  • Environmentalism

Staff: Professor Vassos Argyrou

 

  • The body in culture, politics and society
  • Historical sociology
  • Political sociology
  • Cultural politics
  • Classical and contemporary social theory
  • Warfare, security and military power in theoretical perspective
  • Literary sociology (fictions as social theory/sociology)
  • Memoralisation (funerals, monuments, remembrance practices, collective mourning)

Staff: Dr Michael Drake

 

  • Modern Slavery and Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Inequalities, Class and Power in the UK
  • The Policing of Minority Communities
  • ‘Race’ and Multiculturalism
  • Racism and Anti-Fascism
  • Globalisation and Resistance
  • Social Justice

Staff: Dr Mick Wilkinson

 

  • Postsocialist transformations
  • Central and East European ethnography
  • Russian / Ukrainian relations
  • Nationalisms, identities and conflicts
  • Communities and development
  • Experience of loss and dispossession

Staff: Dr Julia Holdsworth

 

Gender and Sexualities

The theme of gender and sexualities, supported by a dedicated Centre for Gender Studies, brings together a critically engaged and intellectually diverse body of work.

  • Gender and development (particular regional areas of interest in Latin America and the UK).
  • Gender and social policy (women’s life experiences and intersections of gender, class and age).

Staff: Dr Suzanne Clisby

 

  • Gender and crime
  • African theatre
  • Restorative justice
  • South Africa - women and political change/ sex and sexuality
  • Violence against women
  • Women's narratives
  • Youth and crime

Staff: Dr Bev Orton

 

Culture, Religion and Society

This emerging area of work draws together studies of contemporary cultural practices, their inter-relationships and their social impacts, including in the media and the digital world.

  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Digital Culture
  • Cyberethnography and online research
  • Internet safety
  • Media and Religion
  • Film and Religion
  • Religion and Digital Culture
  • Technology and Religion

Staff: Dr Denise Carter, Dr Alexander D. Ornella, Paul Dearey

 

  • The body in culture, politics and society
  • Historical sociology
  • Political sociology
  • Cultural politics
  • Classical and contemporary social theory
  • Warfare, security and military power in theoretical perspective
  • Literary sociology (fictions as social theory/sociology)
  • Memoralisation (funerals, monuments, remembrance practices, collective mourning)
  • The body and religion
  • Visual and material study of religion

Staff: Dr Michael Drake, Dr Alexander D. Ornella

 

  • Children and families
  • Professional education
  • Professional ethics
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sport, religion and spirituality

Staff: Dr Caroline Humphrey, Dr Alexander Ornella, Paul Dearey

Health, Well-being and Social Inclusion

This theme encompasses work which theorises notions of health, illness and well-being integrated with empirical studies and evaluations of health, social work and social care provision.

  • Sociology of chronic illness
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Obesity
  • Health and the family
  • Marginal masculinities

Staff: Professor Liz Walker

 

  • Adolescent development
  • Domestic violence
  • Young people and suicide

Staff: Dr Jo Bell

 

  • Disability Studies
  • Equality and diversity
  • Social Identities

Staff: Dr Ruth Butler

 

  • Kinship Care
  • Foster Care
  • Looked After Children
  • Child Sexual Exploitation

Staff: Dr Karin Cooper

 

  • Children and families
  • Professional education
  • Professional ethics
  • Religion and spirituality

Staff: Dr Caroline Humphrey

 

  • International population health (focus on sub-Saharan Africa)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Maternal/child health
  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Quantitative research (including multilevel modelling) and mixed methods research

Staff: Professor Monica Magadi

 

  • Sexualities
  • Chronic illness
  • Music and well-being

Staff: Dr Liz Price

 

  • Youth work and youth studies
  • Professional practice learning in Higher Education
  • Health and wellbeing of young people
  • Student experience of teaching, learning and assessment

Staff: Julie Rippingdale

 

  • Youth offending
  • Youth justice
  • Problematic drug use

Staff: Dr Luke Cartwright

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminological research, supported by a dedicated Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, has built on our strengths in evaluative criminal justice and penological research while developing an increasing focus on the research questions posed by new forms of surveillance, terrorism, information and communication technologies, and the transnational agenda in criminology.

  • Alcohol and crime
  • Violence prevention
  • Knife and gun crime

Staff: Dr Iain Brennan

 

  • Auto/biographical research, especially prison(er) and/or political life writing
  • Radicalisation, narratives and identities
  • Green criminology i.e. crimes against the environment involving corporations and/or the state
  • Sexuality and the body in crime and deviance
  • Crime/deviance and the arts, especially music and dance

Staff: Dr Melissa Dearey

 

  • Victims and victimisation
  • Restorative justice
  • Cultural criminology / social theory
  • Community justice / punishment
  • Reducing reoffending

Staff: Dr Simon Green

 

  • Any areas of the history of crime and punishment between 1750 and 1950, particularly those interested in imprisonment, penal policy and other custodial settings
  • Contemporary imprisonment and penal policy

Staff: Dr Helen Johnston

 

  • The social impact of ‘new surveillance’ technologies
  • Media representations of crime and surveillance
  • Contemporary theoretical perspectives on penal transformation

Staff: Dr Mike McCahill

 

  • Modern slavery and trafficking in human beings
  • Inequalities, class and power in the uk
  • The policing of minority communities
  • ‘Race’ and multiculturalism
  • Racism and anti-fascism
  • Globalisation and resistance
  • Social justice

Staff: Dr Mick Wilkinson

 

  • Restorative justice
  • Mediation and conflict management
  • Peacemaking criminology

Staff: Dr Margarita Zernova

 

  • Gender and crime
  • African theatre
  • Restorative justice
  • South Africa - women and political change/ sex and sexuality
  • Violence against women
  • Women's narratives
  • Youth and crime

Staff: Dr Bev Orton

 

  • Media representations of crime
  • Victims and victimisation
  • Victimisation, identities and narrative
  • Ethical methods of researching with victims

Staff: Dr Nicola O'Leary

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

PhD applicants are normally expected to have a good Masters degree or equivalent in anthropology, criminology, social policy, sociology or a related subject (such as law or psychology). However, applicants with other qualifications, including relevant experience or a strong professional background, such as criminal justice practitioners, are welcome and are carefully considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.