University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Social Policy

The School for Policy Studies links theory, policy and practice in a multidisciplinary, research-intensive environment. Our research engages with and influences national and international policy. Our team of policy experts come from a wide variety of backgrounds in social policy research, social work, sociology, gender violence, disability studies, health and social care, history, human geography, economics, psychology, physical activity nutrition and health sciences, based within seven specialist research centres. Our research examines policy areas that affect us all in day-to-day life, influences and challenges policies implemented by governments and institutions and investigates the issues, factors and attitudes underlying the social concerns that make our headlines every day. The school is an exciting environment for graduate studies; we welcome graduate students from the UK and abroad to join our diverse and highly-rated research team. We particularly welcome applications on topics with direct relevance to national and international policy concerns.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess an upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) and a pass in a Master's level (or equivalent experience/qualification).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time - 7 years

Campus details

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Key information

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)
Telephone number: 
0117 331 7577