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Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

SociologyAt Nottingham the Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology pathway will be offered in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, whose place amongst the UK's leading departments for sociology, criminology, social policy and social work was confirmed in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, in which 89% of our research was ranked 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Core Research Areas:

We conduct research across the following areas:

Children, families and life course studies Social work and social care for adults Health and well-being Policy analysis
Identities and citizenship Mobilities and migration Social and economic inequalities Science, knowledge and society
Race and Ethnicity Religion Disability Climate change
Criminal justice Crime, harm and punishment    

We have expertise in cutting edge qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis.

Research Centres:

These thematic foci are channelled through the School's four research centres:

Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration (ICEMiC) Well-being, Health and Social Care Research
International Centre for Public and Social Policy Institute for Science and Society
Criminal Justice Research Centre  



Applicants with an interest in Sociology, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work should contact a prospective supervisor or, if you have yet to identify an appropriate advisor Dr Elisabetta Zontini by Friday 8th December 2023.

Please send your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level on a topic in Sociology, Criminology, Social Policy or Social Work, using social science methods, and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic. We can advise on your eligibility and the fit of your proposed research with our interests and expertise.

Key Facts:

Structure of Provision: Masters + PhD funding or PhD-only funding, either full-time or part-time
PG Application:

Depending on your specialism apply for either

PhD in Sociology

PhD Social Policy and Administration

PhD Social Work

PhD Criminology

Please mention you have applied for ESRC funding in your Nottingham application.

Pathway Contact:

Dr Elisabetta Zontini