Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Our Students

If you would like to see what projects our current students are carrying out, visit our current research students page.

You can also find out what projects our recent students worked on on our recent research students page.

Research Supervision

The essence of successful research degree completion requires our active and committed supervision and support of individual students. Our academic staff pursue a wide range of research interests, and we are able to provide supervision across the following areas.

  • Care and Social Welfare
  • Citizenship
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Critical Cultural Theory
  • Critical Social Policy
  • Disability
  • Education and Health Policy
  • Ethnicity and Race
  • Evaluation and Systematic Policy Review
  • Family, Kinship and Childhood
  • Gender
  • Globalisation
  • Governance and Policymaking
  • Historical and Comparative Sociology
  • Housing Policy and Urban Issues
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Migration
  • Narrative and Psychosocial Methodologies
  • Political Sociology
  • Protest and Social Movements
  • Research Methodology
  • Retirement and Pensions
  • Sexuality
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Sociology of Education
  • Social Exclusion
  • Social Policy and Social Policy Theory
  • Sociology of Health
  • The Life Course, Age, Generation
  • Theoretical Sociology
  • Work, Employment and Inequality

We take particular care at Leeds to match students closely with, usually two, appropriate supervisors whose task it is to provide support, encouragement and guidance. Most students register as a 'provisional PhD' candidate, unless they wish to pursue an MA by Research. The supervisors and the Postgraduate Research Tutor oversee their progress throughout the period of study.

There is a strict programme for monitoring progress including, most notably, an 'upgrading' committee to deal with transfers from provisional to full PhD status. This committee includes independent non-supervisory assessors that comment upon a student's work and provide feedback and advice.

Full time 'provisional PhD' students present a report of their work to the School 'upgrading committee' by the end of the first year of study; for part-time provisional PhD students, this presentation occurs at the end of the first twenty-four months after registration. The student discusses the work with the committee, which then determines whether the research is to continue as a PhD or an MPhil project, and generally offers guidance on issues of analysis and method.

Overall performance in research training modules is normally reported formally to the staff team involved in a student's PhD up-grading exercise. The up-grading exercise is focused primarily on development of a student's thesis, but also provides an appropriate moment at which to evaluate training achievements.

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