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About the Programme

Change lives and shape futures with a PhD in Social Statistics.

Join a vibrant postgraduate research community that includes students from all over the world.

We're committed to providing the facilities for you to conduct interdisciplinary social science research in a world-class research environment.

As a PhD student in Social Statistics at Manchester, you'll be part of our Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), which is focused on applying advanced and innovative methods to address today's important social, economic and political questions.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from a friendly environment, opportunities to interact with other students and staff, and the encouragement to make a real impact with your research.

We invest in the best ideas and brightest minds you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop as an intellectual leader.

Our research areas

Our research activity in social statistics informs our inter-disciplinary research applications, which in turn provide a testing ground for methodological innovations.

Our research can be broken down into the following eight areas:

  • Confidentiality and Privacy
  • Data, Skills and Training
  • Democracy and Elections
  • Ethnicity, Religion and Migration
  • Lifelong Health
  • Social Mobility and Labour Markets
  • Statistical Modelling Group
  • Survey Methods and Analysis Group

Explore our research groups

You can also find out more our Social Statistics PhD programmes on our course profiles:

• PhD Social Statistics

Funding your research

We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 2 December 2019 are automatically considered for this funding.

In some circumstances departments may consider applications received after the December deadline but providing a complete application is received by Friday 31 January at the very latest.

If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC or EPSRC, but these are also subject to deadlines. Please check the studentship page for details on associated deadlines and links to the application form.

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Developing intellectual leaders

We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.

You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:

  • Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events.

We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  • Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
  • Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
  • Exchanges and placements at partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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