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About the Programme

View our academic staff profiles within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research - and their publications/listed research areas.

Research in Sociology at Kent covers a range of areas, including social and critical theory, social movements, globalisation and everyday life, cities and space, media and technology, class, ‘race’ and ethnicity, gender, work, visual sociology, the welfare state, risk and society, violence, NGOs and organisations, and social aspects of the body.

We offer high-quality supervision across a wide range of areas, and we work carefully to match you with a supervisor who suits your interests and ambitions. In addition to regular meetings with individual supervisors, all research students take part in a research training programme.

About the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR)

SSPSSR have been ranked 3rd in the UK for its overall research quality with 100% of its environment classed as world-leading in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021)

Our School has a long and distinguished history and is one of the largest and most successful social science research communities in Europe.

Our faculty staff are world authorities in their fields. Members attract large research grants from bodies such as the ESRC, the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council, European Commission, Anglo-German Foundation, NATO, Equal Opportunities Commission, National Probation Service and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. We take part in international symposia and research projects, and act as consultants and advisers to a wide variety of government departments, professional organisations, research funding bodies and learned journals.

Funding opportunities

We offer a range of financial support options for postgraduates studying in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). This includes scholarships, bursaries, and loans, as well as advice on alternative and external funding options available to you.

The School supports a large and thriving postgraduate community, and in 2010 distributed to new students in excess of £100,000 in Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) quota awards, University and SSPSSR bursaries and scholarships.

How to apply

An application can be made directly on the website here.

In addition, a crucial step in the application process is finding an appropriate supervisor best suited for your topic. By using our Find a Supervisor search portal, you will be able to search by keyword which will produce academic staff with related research interests. Once you’ve identified a few potential supervisors, send a 2-page proposal and your academic CV directly via email.

The proposal should include:

  • An introduction (including the relevance of the research question for society and the scholarly field)
  • Your theoretical background (which theories/theorists you will be drawing from) - here you need to show an understanding of the existing literature with correct references/citations to key theories
  • Key research questions - and hypotheses if any
  • A brief idea about methods/how you will be carrying the workout
  • Potential ethical issues
  • Timeline. 

While preparing your application, read through our application guidance page which provides essential information for Research/PhD applicants.

PhD Opportunities in Social Policy, Sociology and Social Sciences research at Kent.


Funding Notes

We offer a range of financial support options for postgraduates studying in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). This includes scholarships, bursaries, and loans, as well as advice on alternative and external funding options available to you.

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