University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Sociology and Social Policy

Research is available in three broad areas: Urban space, culture and regeneration: The social, cultural and economic impact of Liverpool's designation as European Capital of Culture 2008 is of particular interest, as is the impact of culture-led regeneration on aspects of social inclusion. Crime, regulation and social control including topics such as Crime; Communities and cities; The State and social order; risk, regulation and surveillance; The criminalisation of urban spaces; youth crime, penal policy and social control. Critical social policy: this addresses particular questions of welfare, health, state social work, poverty, inequality and social justice, age, generation and life course analysis, childhood, youth and older age.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or a 2nd Class degree plus a Master's degree or equivalent, preferably in the social sciences. All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, qualifications accepted include GCSE English; A-level English language; IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component); TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: listening and writing 21, reading 22, speaking 23.

Course modules

Introduction to research; philosophy of social science; effective information management for social science research; thesis; plus optional modules; data collection strategies; controversies in social research; research interventions in public policy; data analysis strategies; advanced qualitative analysis; advanced quantitative analysis.

Sponsorship information

University Studentships, ESRC Research Studentships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

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