Postgraduate research

We are developing the next generation of empirical sociologists, through broadly-based and methodologically rigorous applied sociological research training. We also provide a vibrant, intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for our postgraduate research students.

What we are researching

Criminology and criminal justice
  • Asset recovery, organised and syndicated crime
  • Community, neighbourhood and intelligence-led policing
  • Cyber and criminal justice system
  • Criminal statistics
  • Early intervention, anti-social behaviour and social control
  • Ethnicity, community and identity
  • Human rights
  • Meta-analysis and realist evaluation techniques
  • Methods for researching crime
  • Prison effects and interventions with offenders
  • Racism and hate crime
  • Technology and surveillance, securitisation and biometrics
  • Victims of crime and victimisation
  • Youth justice
Developments in methodology
  • Methodological research
  • Development of social simulation methodology,
  • Improvement of social measurement in social survey research
  • Dissemination of good practice
  • Analysis of the use made by researchers of qualitative data analysis software.
  • Development and refinement of techniques of secondary analysis (both quantitative and qualitative)
  • New online and web-based research methods
  • Triangulation and exploring the complexities of multi-method methodologies in sociology
Digital societies
  • Emerging technologies
  • Data and platforms in contemporary mediated societies
  • Datafication
  • Platforms
  • Internet of things
  • Intersections of society
  • Digital technology
  • Youth cultures
  • Peer-to-peer production
  • Digital health
Science, environment and technologies
  • Sociological frameworks
  • Contemporary communications technologies
  • Applications of computational technologies in the social and natural sciences
  • Sociology of the environment and sustainability
  • Sociology of knowledge production, dissemination and consumption in diverse settings cuts across these substantive foci
  • Theoretical development and the explication of new methodological approaches
  • Novel scientific and technological developments
Identities, diversities and the life course
  • Childhood
  • Community and belonging
  • Environmental practices
  • Ethnicities, race and migrations
  • Gender
  • Generation and transition
  • Health and well-being
  • Later life and ageing.
  • Sexual identities
  • Sociology of sleep
  • Student identities
  • Youth subcultures

Find a course

We have a strong postgraduate research community, diverse research centres and a host of research training activities.


Vice-Chancellor's Studentship Award 2019

Funding information:
This funded studentship (international students only) covers international fee and stipend of £15,000, a Research Training Support Grant of £1,000 and financial support for research materials and consumables (if successfully applied for) up to the value of £2,000 per annum.

Doctoral College Studentship Award 2019

Funding information:
This competition funded studentship (UK and European students only) covers home/EU fees and stipend of £15,000, a research training support grant of £500 and financial support for research materials and consumables (if successfully applied for) up to the value of £1,000.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentships

Funding information:
A tuition fee waiver for home/EU or international students, with a maintenance stipend at current Research Council rates for a full-time postgraduate research course.

Further your studies

Full-time postgraduate research students have the opportunity to take modules from our MSc Social Research Methods and can attend in-house day courses in social research (about 20 per year), including the extensive range of courses run by the Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) project.