Postgraduate Research Study

Our postgraduate research provision incorporates a broad and inclusive range of projects aligned with our distinct interests in theoretically engaged, empirically grounded and policy relevant social science. We have an internationally recognised staff group with a range of research specialisms capable of supervising a wide variety of postgraduate research projects. To learn more about our on-going and completed postgraduate research projects take a look at the student profiles from our current postgraduate research community.

To find out more about how to apply, visit our recruitment pages:

Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology MPhil/PhD

Support for Projects

As a member of our postgraduate research community, you will enjoy access to a comprehensive suite of postgraduate research training organised through the University’s flagship postgraduate research development training hub, the Liverpool Doctoral College. Through our contribution to these initiatives all postgraduate research students will also benefit from specialist legal research and methods training. With the support of their supervision teams, all postgraduate research students are invited to reflect on their particular research training needs and to develop a bespoke training plan to meet their individual requirements.

Postgraduate Research applicants to the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology also have the opportunity to apply for funding (subject to eligibility) for their projects through the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) and the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP). This partnership, involving the University of Liverpool, Keele University, Lancaster University and the University of Manchester, provides our postgraduate research students with access to the resources, facilities, expertise and research training of four leading UK universities as members of methods North West and artsmethods North West. An annual competition is held to determine the allocation of bursaries (including PhDs involving collaborations with external agencies). Please visit the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) and the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) webpages for further information on eligibility and how to apply.


Through our contribution to these initiatives all PGR students will have access to our own cross-Faculty research and methods training initiative known as engage@liverpool. This initiative hosts events and activities throughout the academic year to provide expert, cutting edge and innovative research training for our postgraduate students. Find out more about the past and forthcoming events from engage@liverpool. As part of the Liverpool Doctoral College, the Department also host a comprehensive suite of postgraduate research training for students undertaking their doctoral studies. This includes a collection of 30-credit taught postgraduate modules, such as ‘Philosophy of Social Science’, ‘Research Interventions in Public Policy’ and ‘The Politics and Practices of Social Research’, in addition to a variety of innovative 5-credit research training modules such as ‘Using Foucault’s Methods’, ‘Critical Discourse Analysis’ and ‘Ethnographic Studies of Science and Technology’.

Our Postgraduate Research Community

As a member of our postgraduate research community you will become part of a long and sustained historical legacy of over 100 years of critically engaged social science research within the Department. In addition to our extensive research training you will be provided with expert academic supervision and support from an internationally recognised staff group.

Combined with our extensive research training and academic support you will also become part of a friendly, collegiate and active postgraduate research community. As part of this community you will be expected to take a proactive role in your own academic development within the Liverpool Doctoral College by maintaining, for example, a Portfolio of Activity, contributing along with your supervisors to an Annual Progress Report and having the development of your work peer reviewed during Independent Assessment Panels. You will also have the opportunity to attend and present your research each year at our annual Postgraduate Research Conference.

To find out more about our current community of postgraduate research students, the projects they are undertaking, and the research activities that they are engaged with.