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Sociology PhD, MPhil - Developments in Theory and Methods
University of leicester, different course options.
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Tuition fees, entry requirements, university information, similar courses at this uni, key information data source : idp connect, qualification type.
PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy
The PhD is also available by distance learning.
PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time/distance learning).
A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time/distance learning) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.
UK fees Course fees for UK students
For this course (per year)
International fees Course fees for EU and international students
You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree with at least First-Class or Upper Second-Class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.
The University of Leicester has a distinguished history of excellence in education for more than a hundred years. It has been a crucible in which great minds and mentors have come together to break new ground, develop fresh ideas and invent useful methods of understanding our world. Research has always been a driving force behind the university’s success, and Leicester’s postgraduate community engages with some of the most significant social,... more
Crime, Justice and Psychology MSc
Full time | 1 year | 23-SEP-24
Forensic science and criminal justice msc, by distance learning.
Distance without attendance | 27 months | 07-OCT-24
Full time | 3 years | APR-24
Criminology PhD,MPhil - Causes of Crime
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- Finding a PhD
Find Your PhD, Fast Finding a PhD has never been this easy – search for a PhD by keyword, location or academic area of interest. Search Now
- When looking for PhD research projects, a great place to start is with our comprehensive and up-to-date database .
- Speak with lecturers within your area of interest about potential PhD opportunities they may have.
- Attend Postgraduate Events . Whilst there, speak to current PhD students and career advisors to get an awareness of what PhD projects are on offer.
- Visit the postgraduate section of university websites and the PhD Research Council section of the GOV.UK website
Finding A PhD
Searching for PhD research projects can sometimes feel like daunting process. Often, it’s difficult to know where to find a PhD position or where to even start.
To make this searching process as easy as possible for you, we’ve curated a collection of the best places to search for PhD projects. By using our recommended collection, you should hopefully gain a greater insight into where your interests lie and which programme is best suited for you.
Our Comprehensive and Up-To-Date Directory
We can’t create a list of great resources and not include ourselves! At DiscoverPhDs, our primary aim is to connect great students to great PhD projects. To enable this, we provide a comprehensive database of PhD projects offered from universities all across the UK.
We regularly add to our database to ensure you’re getting the latest opportunities and the most relevant information and programme details. On top of this, we’ve created our database to be as easy to use as possible; all our PhD listings provide a direct ‘apply’ link or contact email address of the lead supervisor. This enables you to:
- Request further information about any aspect of the position,
- Enquire about the specific applications process,
- Connect directly with the supervisor
Search on the website of the universities you are interested in as some many only be listing PhD research projects internally or may link you to other opportunities such as Professional Doctorate Programmes. As examples, have a look at the research pages of The University of Cambridge , Cardiff University , University of Leicester , Sheffield University and The University of Glasgow .
Your Current Supervisor
If you’re currently undertaking a research project or dissertation as part of your undergraduate or master’s degree, it would be a good idea to speak to your current supervisor. Not only would you have already built a good rapport with them, but having worked with you they will have a good idea on what PhD positions would utilise your strengths or best interest you. In fact, a noticeable percentage of past and current PhD students came into their PhD programme because of being recommended by their undergraduate supervisor. Your supervisor will be well-connected – make sure you take advantage of these opportunities.
Tip: Don’t just limit your discussion to your own personal supervisor. All supervisors are within their field of work because they have a natural passion for research and teaching. As such, most supervisors will be more than happy to help any student who wishes to follow in their footsteps and make their own impact.
Nearly all universities hold regular Postgraduate Fairs and Open Days. As part of these events, current postgraduate students may be on hand to share their experiences of their projects and university. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only find out what PhDs the university is offering but to find out more about their facilities, research labs and library collection, etc. Given that you will be heavily relying on these resources during your PhD, it’s important that you know what’s provided by each university. Hearing student stories about what PhD life is really like, what to expect from supervisors and some of the challenges that current students have encountered can be really useful in your decision making process.
Besides the above, career advisers may also be available at these events. Speaking to them will help you understand what you can do with a PhD, whether a PhD is right for you, what degree class you’re expected to hold and how best to prepare for research projects. Seeing as they would have helped many PhD candidates through the decision-making process before, they will provide you with some invaluable insight that you would otherwise be oblivious to.
To help bring all Postgraduate Fairs and Open Days offered across all universities together, we’ve created a helpful Postgraduate Events page which we highly recommend you check out.
Research councils are nationally funded agencies which offer sponsored PhD research projects (also known as a PhD studentship). Different research councils cover different areas of research, these include:
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC),
- The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC),
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC),
- The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The GOV.UK website has a full list of nationally-funded research councils available online. You can find further details on these councils on the GOV.UK website.
Although our database includes PhD programmes offered by these research councils, it would be a good idea to regularly browse the website of the ones you are particularly interested in case they list some internal only. These councils play an important role in supporting and encouraging doctoral researchers and they regularly hold calls for applications for PhD funding. If you or your potential supervisor have a PhD project proposal defined but need funding, then applying to these calls may become a key first milestone in your postgraduate research journey.
For example, the EPSRC offers a Doctoral Training Partnership programme in which a research student is given funding to pursue postgraduate study with a research question that aligns with the Councils core engineering and physical sciences themes. These awards often have eligibility criteria linked to them, impacting which postgraduate research students can apply; an international student, for example, may not be able to apply to a certain UK based scholarship scheme but there are several other options that can still help you fund your doctoral research; this may involve taking out a postgraduate loan (or more specifically a postgraduate doctoral loan).
To make this searching process as easy as possible for you, we’ve curated a collection of the best places to search for a PhD. By using our recommended collection, you should hopefully gain a greater insight into where your interests lie and which programme is best suited for you.
As you continue your search of PhD research projects, be sure to check our our PhD advice articles, including how to prepare for your PhD application, and interviews with current and past doctoral students. Many of the people we’ve interviewed have completed degrees within a STEM discipline; they offer a wide range of advice on their individual approaches to applied research and independent study, as well as sharing some the impact their work has had. Many have continued the research of their projects within academia after finishing, whilst some have developed successful careers in industry and business sectors.
It’s worth noting that when you apply to undertake doctoral study, you may first be registered as an MPhil researcher, depending on the specific doctoral programme you apply for, officially become a full PhD student after passing an upgrade viva. At the upgrade stage, some students do decide to graduate with an MPhil research degree rather than pursuing further PhD study however this is less common.
We hope the above list will help you find the perfect PhD position and earn your doctoral degree.
If you have any recommendations besides these resources, please let us know at [email protected] so we can look to add it.
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The School of Business offers supervision for the degree of:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics - full-time campus based study
Please refer to the How to Apply section below before submitting your application.
Supervision and research areas
We offer PhD supervision in Economics in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:
- Microeconomic Theory
- Applied Microeconomics
- Macroeconomic Theory
- Applied Macroeconomics
- Financial Economies
- Experimental and Behavioural Economics
Interested in a different research area?
It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.
However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.
You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree with at least First-Class or Upper Second-Class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution. A Master's degree in a relevant subject is also normally required.
See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements .
How to apply
Make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests above.
You might be interested in signing up for our 5 week online course Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal . The course is offered through FutureLearn where you can register your interest for the next available course.
Prepare your supporting documents, with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements :
- Download and save the Research Proposal Form and prepare your proposal. Complete all sections using the guidance on the form. If your proposal is not submitted on the Proposal Form your application will not be considered.
- Personal statement explaining your interest in the research, your experience, why it is worth doing and why we should consider you.
- Copies of your Degree Certificates and Marks Transcripts of study already completed and if possible a transcript to-date of any study currently being undertaken.
- If your documents are not in English please include an official translation.
- Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable.
- In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the text boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
- In the funding section state clearly how you intend to fund your study.
Submit your application using the Apply Button at the bottom of this page. Please ensure you upload all the required documents and your completed Research Proposal Form, failure to do so may cause a delay in assessing your application.
When to apply
We have an intake in September each year.
You should try to submit your application as far in advance of your preferred start date as possible. If you are an international applicant and require a visa to study in the UK you should submit your application at least three-to-four months before the proposed start date.
After you have submitted your application, it will take a minimum of six weeks for you to receive a decision about your application.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees vary according to your fee status (whether you live in the UK, EU, or international). For clarification please contact [email protected] .
UK campus based
- 2023/24 academic year: £4,712
- 2024/25 academic year: to be confirmed
International campus based
- 2023/24 academic year: £16,200 - £18,200 per year
- 2024/25 academic year: £17,550 - £19,700 per year
*International fees for research degrees in this subject area vary according to the nature of the research project to be undertaken. The applicable fee will be determined at the point an offer of admission is made and will be stated in the offer letter. International fees are fixed for the duration of study.
For a list of our available scholarships/studentships, please visit our funded opportunities pages.
PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The maximum period of registration permitted before thesis submission is 4 years full-time .
Active research (including all experimental work, laboratory work, field work, and data collection) will typically take 3 to 3.5 years full-time. On completion of active research students may request approval to register for a writing-up period of up to 12 months. The period of active research and writing-up together must not exceed the maximum registration period.
The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.
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