University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Social Science Research Methodology

This course gives students the opportunity to acquire methodological expertise, and, if desired, to apply this expertise to substantive research into their chosen topic; students are normally required to take 4 clinics from the Institute�s programme in each of their first 2 years; students without sufficient background in research methods may also be required to take additional taught modules in their 1st year, as decided by the Director of Postgraduate Studies in consultation with the student�s supervisors; normally, these are chosen from the modules on research design, philosophy of social sciences, qualitative methods and quantitative methods offered by the MA in Research Methods (MARM) consortium that jointly delivers MA training.

Entry requirements

Applicants for PhD programmes are generally required to hold an Honours degree at 2.1 level or above (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject; candidates are generally required to submit a research proposal with their applications; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) [Academic version] 6.0 with no less than 5 in any one element; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper version: 550 with a minimum of 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); Internet-based version: 79 with no less than 17 in any one element.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,980 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 13,470 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years
MPhil Full-time £ 3,980 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Team
Telephone number: 
0115 951 5559