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Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Sociology and Social Policy

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The School of Sociology and Social Policy has a wide and varied portfolio of policy-relevant research that is both sociologically informed and methodologically innovative.

Britain's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognises our programme of social research training, and we are ranked 13th in the UK for the quality and impact of research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. We are also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Social Policy according to the Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Members of our school are involved in a range of international collaborations and we welcome international visitors. The School also has a thriving community of PhD students.

Our vibrant research centres include:

  • Centre for Disability Studies (CDS)
  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS)
  • Centre for Research on Family, Life Course and Generations (FLAG)
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
  • Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice
  • The Bauman Institute

We offer three kinds of research degree for postgraduate researchers:

  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • MA by research

Find out more about postgraduate research opportunities in the School of Sociology and Social Policy by visiting our website:


The School of Sociology and Social Policy and the University of Leeds offer a number of scholarships for UK/EU and international candidates. Find out more about scholarships by visiting our website:

What our postgraduate researchers say...

"I worked as Principal Investigator on ‘Together Through Play Project: Facilitating Meaningful Play Between Disabled and Non-disabled Children', which is a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The School offers an excellent research environment, which is enriched by a diversity of researchers from various backgrounds and disciplines. I meet my supervisors on a regular basis, and they are generous with their guidance and support." Anne-Marie Moore, PhD candidate

"Leeds has a fantastic reputation for Sociology and a thriving research centre and was recommended to me on a number of occasions. The support of my supervisors has been fantastic, they are both approachable if I have any problems and always offer really honest and constructive feedback and guidance at supervision meetings. I absolutely adore Leeds, it really is such a vibrant and diverse city and a really great place to come and study."  Laura Baldwin, PhD candidate

Funding Notes

Please find further information on the website: View Website

How good is research at University of Leeds in Social Work and Social Policy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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