School of Sociology and Social Policy

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Postgraduate Research Degrees

The School of Sociology and Social Policy has a strong and vibrant community of postgraduate research students. We are proud of being a site for creativity and innovation in and across our areas of research expertise and are dedicated to developing our students' research skills, expertise and career in a supportive and collegial environment.

We encourage all of our research students to get involved with the school's research centres. We are also home to ENQUIRE, a journal and conference run by our students, which provides an encouraging and exciting space for postgraduate research from the UK and worldwide.

Research degree opportunities

View our course pages on the University prospectus:


The PhD programme combines advanced research training, high-quality supervision and feedback, and a vibrant and active research community.

We offer PhDs in:

  • Criminology
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy and Administration
  • Social Work
  • Science, Technology and Society

Professional Doctorates

Our Doctor of Public Policy and Doctor of Public Management programmes combine doctoral level academic study with a focus on a specific professional context, with a flexible programme of study recognising your career commitments and the needs of your employer.

Visit the postgraduate prospectus to apply

The Graduate School

The Graduate School supports postgraduates by facilitating best practice and offering a comprehensive programme of services including training and development opportunities, events, small-scale research funding, and dedicated social and study spaces.


Postgraduate students can take advantage of our accommodation guarantee which guarantees you a room in self-catered University-arranged accommodation for your first year, providing you meet our criteria.

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School of Sociology and Social Policy

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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