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Our PhD routes

PhD Routes

This section provides an overview of the four PhD routes. There is some flexibility in choice of route and applicants are encouraged to discuss this with their potential supervisor. The most important aspect is the nature of your project and its potential for supervision in our department.

Within each route, you will find links to potential supervisors' profiles. You are asked to view your intended supervisor's profile and read their work. Please think about what might make your proposed PhD attractive to your supervisor, and customise the proposal accordingly.

  • How does your project relate to your intended supervisor's work?
  • How might your project enhance, advance, or develop it?
  • Could you take it in a different direction?
  • What kind of methods and approaches are likely to appeal to your potential supervisor?

We receive a large number of proposals every year and only have capacity for proposals that are carefully tailored to our specific areas of expertise.

Open Professional Studies (route P-X3S1)

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (route P-X352)

Social Work (route P-L4P7)

Social Work and Social Policy (route P-L4PA)