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MPhil/PhD Social Policy

MPhil/PhD Dependent on award School of Social and Political Sciences Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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The active Social Policy research base in the School ensures that staff who teach on this programme are involved in current Social Policy debates and that students are made aware of new developments and issues in the area. Each research student has an approved programme of research, supported by appropriate original research training.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in the following: community care, housing and urban regeneration, poverty and social exclusion, social divisions (especially gender, race, disability, sexuality and age), the policy process, family policy and comparative politics.

How You Study

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of Social Policy areas. They have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring and other support and where appropriate, additional advisors may also be utilised. As a research student, you are able to contribute to the School’s internal seminar series and may also be involved in teaching.

Entry Requirements

Usually a good honours degree. For direct enrolment on to a PhD, students require a Masters degree with a research component.

Key Contacts

Professor Peter Somerville
+44 (0)1522 886267

Sara Mann
+44 (0)1522 836355

Career and Personal Development

Typically graduates go on to take positions as researchers or academics in institutes of higher education. Others use the experience for personal development and go on to careers in related sectors.


2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International 
Full-time £4,211 £12,247
Part-time £2,106 £6,124
 Thesis Pending TBA TBA


2015/16 Entry* UK/EU International 
Full-time £4,337 £12,614
Part-time £2,169 £6,307
 Thesis Pending £629 £1,097

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.