BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Social Policy, Sociology

Ph.D  |  Placement Year:   No

The School of Social Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate training. The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. For research students we are able to provide both a full ESRC recognised research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Research Areas

Social Policy and Sociology with specialisations in:

  • Comparative Social Policy
  • The historical sociology of health
  • Health Policies and devolution
  • Mental illness and learning disabilities
  • Ageing and social change
  • Housing Policy
  • Ethnographic and ethnomethodological studies of work
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Membership categorisation analysis
  • Schooling and social interaction
  • Culture and Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Language and social interaction
  • Identity and diversity
  • Childhood and family

Communities and Social Networks with specialisations in:

  • Community and locality
  • Activism and citizenship in rural areas
  • Lifestyles and environment
  • Civil society in Wales
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food and farming cultures
  • Later life, generations and the lifecourse
  • The shaping of European identities

Minority Languages and Cultures with specialisations in:

  • Language
  • Migration
  • Identity and belonging

Current graduate students are conducting research on:

  • The social organisation of net-based learning
  • Migration, ideas of national belonging and policy responses in Wales and Ireland
  • The economic and social significance of the SARS outbreaks
  • Wales in a global neighbourhood
  • Categorisation and special educational needs: implementing the SEN code of practice
  • The social construction of Welsh identity
  • The use of the Welsh language in the voluntary sector in Wales
  • The role of programme evaluation in the public sector organisation
Programme description

The School of Social Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate training. The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. For research students we are able to provide both a full ESRC recognised research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Research Areas

Social Policy and Sociology with specialisations in:

  • Comparative Social Policy
  • The historical sociology of health
  • Health Policies and devolution
  • Mental illness and learning disabilities
  • Ageing and social change
  • Housing Policy
  • Ethnographic and ethnomethodological studies of work
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Membership categorisation analysis
  • Schooling and social interaction
  • Culture and Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Language and social interaction
  • Identity and diversity
  • Childhood and family

Communities and Social Networks with specialisations in:

  • Community and locality
  • Activism and citizenship in rural areas
  • Lifestyles and environment
  • Civil society in Wales
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food and farming cultures
  • Later life, generations and the lifecourse
  • The shaping of European identities

Minority Languages and Cultures with specialisations in:

  • Language
  • Migration
  • Identity and belonging

Current graduate students are conducting research on:

  • The social organisation of net-based learning
  • Migration, ideas of national belonging and policy responses in Wales and Ireland
  • The economic and social significance of the SARS outbreaks
  • Wales in a global neighbourhood
  • Categorisation and special educational needs: implementing the SEN code of practice
  • The social construction of Welsh identity
  • The use of the Welsh language in the voluntary sector in Wales
  • The role of programme evaluation in the public sector organisation
Key Modules

If you are a European or International student this research programme is one of those which allows you to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD/MPhil degree.

European and International candidates who have already reached the required level of English can apply for entry onto the project of their choice by presenting a relevant research proposal when applying for admission.

Alternatively you may also consider developing your own research proposal based on the research specialisms within the school.

Module & Subject
Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline is required. Students without a Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be required to undertake a taught research training programme in their first year. Students should submit a research outline which must be approved by the Course Director.

For those whose first language is not English or Welsh, the minimum English language requirements is:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual score lower than 6.0)
  • Pearson PTE: 62 (with no individual score lower than 58)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no individual score lower than 169)
Foundation Campus

Oxford International Education Group

Pre - Sessional English

6 Month

Valid Agreement with NE

Yes

Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  13500.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Bangor Campus, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG uk
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER