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Link to Leeds gives international students the opportunity to talk directly to some of our current international students

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Doctoral scholarships for applicants from UK Black, Asian and underrepresented ethnic minority communities

We aim to encourage a diverse postgraduate research community and develop a more inclusive pipeline for future academics and university leaders.

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School of Sociology and Social Policy - Research Degrees

Research degrees

Studying for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or an MA by Research within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you will become a key member of our academic research community — experiencing a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment which will enable you to pursue your interests and achieve your potential. 

Research that makes a difference

Our academic team come from a range of professional, academic and cultural backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and insight that enriches our research community. Social justice and user engagement are key themes that cut across our research.

Top 10

in the UK for social policy

The Complete University Guide 2022

Researching with us

Find out how we support you to be the best researcher you can be.

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Discover our current postgraduate research

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Emily Maddox
Student | PHD candidate
“I believe in the importance of academic work to comment on and change existing social structures. I hope that social research enables change to be implemented. I choose to research here because of it’s reputation for academic excellence”