School of Sociology and Social Policy

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 careers, 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 blog and conference run by our students, which provides an encouraging space for postgraduate research from the UK and worldwide.



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.

Our postgraduate brochure

Postgraduate study brochure

Download the sociology and social policy brochure

Facilities and support

The Graduate School supports postgraduates, offering a programme of services including training and development, events, small-scale research funding, and dedicated social and study spaces. Experience student life by exploring areas such as accommodation, student services, sport centres, libraries and more.



School of Sociology and Social Policy

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

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