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School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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Profile Description

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at Kent is one of the leading and largest research centres for social science in the UK and Europe. Research is a vital part of the activities of our School, which is one of the four top institutions of its kind in the UK as ranked by both the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises and more recently by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). REF ranked the School 2nd for research power in the UK, 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA).

The School offers an unrivalled European context in which to study for a PhD in the social sciences. We are a member of the prestigious South East Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC) and are one of the partner universities delivering the elite European Union Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC).

We have a thriving postgraduate community of over 200 students and offer a large and diverse range of professional development opportunities. Current postgraduate students are conducting research in a wide range of topics. Profiles of our current postgraduate research students can be found here.

Research students have access to work space with computing facilities and where appropriate, research students may also teach part-time within the School. Our weekly postgraduate research seminars featuring external speakers, further broadens our students' access to the latest research and knowledge.

Our research expertise

We offer a range of social science research degrees which benefit from the multidisciplinary nature of our staff expertise. The School also encompasses the following renowned research centres and benefits from their global research networks and specialisms:

Centre for Child Protection
Centre for Health Services Studies
Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
Centre for Philanthropy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Q-Step Centre
Tizard Centre

Our PhD programmes


Applied Psychology
Community Care
Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology
Environmental Social Science
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Medicine and Health Sciences
Mental Health
Migration Studies
Personal Social Services
Social Policy
Social Work
Sociology
Urban Studies

Scholarships available

Each year we also offer a number of PhD scholarships, full information and application details are available on our website. A summary of what is currently available follows:

Vice Chancellor's Scholarships

Up to five scholarship are available for entry in September/October 2016. Eligible PhD degrees are:

• Applied Psychology
• Community Care
• Criminology
• Environmental Social Science
• Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
• Mental Health
• Migration Studies
• Social Policy
• Social Work
• Sociology

For more details and information regarding the application procedure and eligibility, please visit our website.

Health Services Research Studentship

The Centre for Health Services Research is offering a PhD studentship for research into health services and evaluation.

For more details and information regarding the application procedure and eligibility, please visit our website.

Quantitative Social Science PhD Scholarship

One PhD studentship is available for an applicant undertaking a PhD with a substantive qualitative element in one of the following areas:

• Sociology
• Social Policy
• Criminology

For more details and information regarding the application procedure and eligibility, please visit our website.

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.

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 54.58

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

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