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Social Change PhD

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Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
36 Months. [Full-Time] 72 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more in a relevant subject with no mark below 50%

Tier 4 Student Visa -  International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK, please click here for up-to-date information.

Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and it is part of the application process that we seek suitable supervision for candidates. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants. We strongly advise candidates to read the webpages of the staff or group in whose discipline they intend to specialise and to read some of their publications BEFORE applying. You may conduct a keyword search via the Social Sciences home page to identify potential supervisors/research areas.

Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.

When submitting a research proposal with your application please follow the guidelines carefully. Please click here to see the guidelines.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The Institute for Social Change is an inter-disciplinary research centre in the Faculty of Humanties.  PhD topics within the broad area of comparative social change can be developed by individual applicants.  The Institute's staff are collaborating on research on Social Change with members of Harvard University, led by Professor Robert Putnam.

For informal enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Professor Yaojun Li, email;  

Telephone; is 00-44-161-2750274

Open days

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000


Please see the Social Change website for further information.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
+ 44(0) 161 275 4743
+ 44(0) 161 275 2450

Academic department overview

See: School Disciplines

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