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PhD Social Statistics
Benefit from expert supervision in advanced quantitative methods with a thesis of your choice.

PhD Social Statistics / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
36 months full-time; 72 months part-time
Entry requirements

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Tier 4 Student Visa -  International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

To be considered for funding (research council and school studentships), please submit a full on-line application by 1 December 2018

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

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. 

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

The Social Statistics discipline area at the University of Manchester has a thriving and diverse research community. Along with colleagues in Sociology, we had the highest proportion of research rated world leading of any UK University by the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education. The REF 2014 also rated our research environment as one of the top two in the UK.

Our research themes include: census and survey methodology, statistical methods in the analysis of social data, social network analysis, latent variable modelling, population studies, ethnic and gender differences and employment and the labour market.  Some recent PhD titles include: 'The Role of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Collection and Dissemination of Census and Survey Data' and 'Race and Population - a Statistical Demographic Approach'.

PhD students are supervised by at least two members of staff who are experts in their areas of research. Students have an outstanding array of potential training options available to them, including places on postgraduate course units and short courses.

Programme Director: Professor Tarani Chandola

Tel: 0161 306 6903

Email: tarani.chandola@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,250

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Please email vicky.barnes@manchester.ac.uk  or pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk  if you have any queries.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4743
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/social-statistics
Academic department overview

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