PhD Social Sciences

PhD Social Sciences

The PhD (Social Science) is a three year (full time) or six year (part time) structured postgraduate academic degree aimed at graduates of sociology, social policy, applied social studies, government, politics, anthropology and cognate disciplines who wish to pursue research in the general areas of globalisation, policy analysis, civil society, the state, active citizenship and culture.

The programme is an inter-departmental initiative of the Departments of Applied Social Studies and Sociology. It aims to produce highly skilled social researchers who can contribute to the development of society and the public sphere either as autonomous social research professionals, or as cutting edge academic social theorists, or as critically informed leaders in civil society, statutory or market organisations.

During their programme of study, students will take course work to the value of 30 credits, at least 10 of which must be taken from graduate modules in Applied Social Studies and 10 of which must be taken from graduate modules in Sociology.  Generic skills modules (e.g. as offered by the CACSSS Graduate School) or other relevant modules may be taken to the value of the remaining credits depending on the approval of the PhD Social Sciences programme team.  Students will be required to participate in peer learning groups and seminars as prescribed by the PhD Social Sciences programme team.

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