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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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Introduction

The active Social Policy research base in the School of Social and Political Sciences 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 is supported by 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
  • 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 have the chance to contribute to the School’s internal seminar series and may also be involved in teaching.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to successfully defend that thesis to your examiners.

How To Apply

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

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

Academic:
Professor Peter Somerville
psomerville@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886267

Enquiries:
Sara Mann smann@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 836355

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may pursue positions as researchers or academics in institutes of higher education. Others may choose to use the experience for personal development and go on to careers in related sectors.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,500 £2,250
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,600 £1,750
International £13,300 £6,650
 Thesis Pending £TBA £TBA


* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

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.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

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 [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.