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Research degrees

Applying to study for a PhD with us


We offer two research degrees at PhD Level:

These PhD degrees span a diverse range of areas reflecting the multi-disciplinary strengths of our staff. Please click on the PhD course in which you are interested to find out more.

PhD Enquiries

Whilst applications are made directly to Postgraduate Admissions, we recommend contacting us beforehand to discuss your research proposal.

For Social Policy and Social Work, and Social Work PhD programmes, please contact:
Dr Khursheed Wadia
Admissions Tutor
024 7652 3970

For Adult Education and Lifelong Learning PhD programme, please contact:
Dr Barbara Merrill
Director of Graduate Studies
024 7652 3787

Sam Hundal
Programme Co-ordinator
024 7657 4136

ESRC Studentships

Find out how to apply for an ESRC studentship to help fund your doctoral studies.

Fees: Research

Home/EU Students: full time £4,109; part-time £2465 (2015/16)
Overseas Students Band 1: full time £17,500; part-time £8,750 (2015/16)
Overseas Students Band 2: full time £22,340; part-time £11,170 (2015/16)


Our academic staff are:

To find out more about the research interests of the academic staff in SWELL, please visit our Staff research interests page.

Find out more about the research interests of our academics on our Staff research interests page.

Discover what our current PhD students are researching