Masters by Research or PhD Social Sciences (Postgraduate)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Develop advanced knowledge and skills with support from research-active supervisors with specialisms sitting within the areas of sociology, criminology, human geography, development studies, education studies, and aspects of psychology.

Research areas include: Criminology Homicide and serious sexual assault; victimology; management and treatment of offenders; community safety and volunteer policing; crime and anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy; restorative justice; young people and crime; women and crime; criminal investigation; international security and terrorismUrban Issues The city in the developing world including urban and peri-urban agriculture; community development and regeneration: social housing Rural Communities Community development; localism; crime and anti-social behaviour in rural areas.

Globalisation and Development Migration and transnational identities; democracy in global governance; international security and terrorism; representation, development and change in Africa; food production, distribution and marketing  in developing countries. Pedagogic Research Effective teaching and learning in universities and schools; inclusive education. gender, race and disability; university-community relationships including volunteering; use of new technologies in teaching; the student experience. Two supervisors in Social Sciences are National Teaching Fellows. Psychology and social issues Research areas include: mental health and wellbeing; management and treatment of offenders; value conflict and wellbeing.

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research - you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area.
  • PhD - you will need a Masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.


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Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Staff Profile

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Academic Subject Lead, Social Sciences

"Dr Jonathan Hobson is Academic Subject Lead for Social Sciences, which includes Criminology, Sociology, Policing, Applied Social Sciences, Public Projection and Criminal Justice. Jonathan is a Political Sociologist by training but increasingly research and teach in Criminology. He specialises in issues of globalisation and democracy, Restorative Justice, and international crimes such as genocide and Crimes against Humanity."


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Staff Profile

Dr. Jane Monckton Smith

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

"Jane's research is focused around interpersonal violence, and especially how we can prevent homicide. She works with professionals in reviewing homicides and training. She also works with families bereaved through homicide to help them with criminal justice processes."

Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Benefit from a broad range of research areas

Access research-active supervisors with specialisms across a range of areas including urban issues, rural communities, globalisation and development, pedagogic research, psychology and social issues.

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