Sociology (PhD)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2019

6 January 2020

27 April 2020

Duration

The maximum duration for a part-time PhD is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A part time PhD is a six year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 to 100,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for consideration for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many people on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could explore issues of human rights and the inequalities and injustices that coincide with asylum and immigration policies and practices. It could include the role of contemporary or dominant narratives in shaping stories told about people seeking asylum/refugees, including the stories of those people who seek asylum and /or refugees. It could look at theory and practices of resistance and or action-based research approaches. It could focus on one policy/practice topic such as detention, housing or asylum support. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) has developed over the last 25 years as a common technology in qualitative data analysis (QDA). For many enthusiasts of CAQDAS it should have encouraged and supported new and powerful ways of analysing qualitative data. Has it done that? Or has technology had a more subtle or subversive impact on the way qualitative analysis is done?

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Across the world the protection of children from abuse and neglect is receiving considerable attention. I have worked as a practitioner and manager in this area as well as researched extensively on the topics of family perspectives, system reform and gender issues. I have supervised in the areas of fathering, children’s rights and adoption.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

There is increasing concern over how, when, or indeed if, young people should learn about sex and relationships. This research could explore how cyp learn about sex, relationships and/or sexuality and the support they might be offered. It could focus on male, female or lgbt cyp.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many people on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could develop understandings about the formation of prejudice and exclusion motivating populist narratives/politics across the continent. It could interrogate the contemporary conceptualisation and dominant narratives of ‘the migrant’ and the ways in which these might be gendered. It could consider how stories are formed and how they become fixed (media, public and policy/legal narratives), and include the contestatory ‘stories’ of ‘migrants’ themselves. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

A growing number of children and young people in the United Kingdom are being diagnosed with food allergies. This project would examine the impact that a food allergy diagnosis has on the family. It would also seek to examine what support families receive post-diagnosis .

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

  1. The intersection of gender-based violence with particular forms of marginalisation and oppression (for example, the experiences of street or refugee children; increased vulnerability to GBV as a consequence of natural disasters or conflict; female perpetrators and male victims)
  2. Socio-cultural context of GBV in poor/middle-income countries
  3. Systems-based approaches, interventions and programming
  4. Computer games and intimate personal violence
  5. International comparative studies

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Migration; women and/or children seeking asylum and refugees; qualitative; narrative; theory and practices of resistance; participatory approaches; action-based approaches

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Topics invited concerning trans* and non-binary gender identities (non-binary broadly understood as self-identifying as either both genders or neither). Indicative areas for research include:

Diversity across age, generation, gender assigned at birth, ethnicity, social class, (dis)ability, nationality. Diversity across community created identity 'labels' and understandings. Trans and non-binary sexualities and relationships. Inclusion and/or exclusion: in LGBT communities, trans politics, accessing and receiving health care. Parenting Ageing Coming out Transphobia

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Recent refugee ‘crises’ have prompted shifts in narratives, policy and practices about refugee protection and solidarity in Europe. In many contexts around the world, individuals, groups, communities, and Non-Government Organisations are the main providers of support and services to refugees. This research could look at the theories and practices of solidarity or action / participatory research. This research could explore how theories, narratives and practices of reflect and inform responses to refugees. It could include questions related to solidarity and if/how narratives about refugees construct or degrade solidarity. It could focus on cross-cultural comparisons of practices of solidarity/ action/ participatory research with refugees, that inform theorising on solidarity. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Any research examining the impact of social representations on vulnerable groups

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The interactivity, sociality and openness of Web 2.0 technologies such as Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter makes possible a new set of online activities that sociologists might study. These include the social and political use of the Web and its use therapeutically (such as in self-help groups). However, one might ask, just how new these uses really are.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This project will consider the differing ways in which South Asian masculinities are performed, enacted and experienced in contemporary Britain. It will consider the ways in which religion, gender, ethnicity, culture and race interact in the construction of masculinities and masculine identities.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many women and/or children on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could explore the role of contemporary or dominant narratives in shaping stories told by and about women and/or children seeking asylum/refugees. It could include theory and practices of resistance and or action-based research approaches. It could focus on one topic such as detention, housing or asylum support. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The evidence base for teaching and learning in HE is very large (lots of journals etc publishing evaluations) but actually very poor quality. It suffers from some serious design flaws. Two things follow from this. First, are there ways that the quality could be improved – better design of research, better management of the results etc? Second, to what extent can we actually measure the impact of teaching approaches on learning?

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Watching video on the Internet is new but probably doesn’t involve any fundamental changes to the medium of video (although it might be argued that timeshifting and automatic scene skipping might have serious consequences for advertising). However, the ability of anyone to create and share video is new and might have widespread consequences for viewers as well as those in the video and film industry. Will this have an impact on what is considered to be entertainment?

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

More and more people are spending a long time online in virtual realities (such as MMORPGs and Second Life). Some have argued that these are promoting new forms of sociality and the development of new norms/rules/laws of behaviour. Others are more sceptical about the extent to which people in virtual realities are really separate from the real world.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This research could explore: young people’s political engagement; community engagement and citizenship; youth political and social activism; and formal, informal and non-formal styles of participation.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Applications are welcome for a diverse range of specialist topics and areas of expertise. We would especially welcome applications for topics in which the proposed research is in line with the research priorities of the School of Human and Health Sciences.

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

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We have an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing you to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via Brightspace, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. We also subscribe to the University of East Anglia webinar series and The Good Doctorate video training series. We are part of the North West and Yorkshire PGR Training Group that allows PGRs to attend relevant training opportunities at other nearby universities.

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