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Overview

Studying for a PhD with UEL's School of Education and Communities, Department of Social Sciences will push you to the limit - and you'll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff.

Our research consistently delivers improved outcomes for the delivery of social for adolescent self-harm, suicide prevention and child abuse.

Active social work and social policy research strands range from international human rights to the practical - such as applying practice-near research to social work, and using new media to help people with learning disabilities. We also use geo-information and numerical simulations to develop crime, health and social policies.

Our Sociology strand includes active research on anthropology, political economy, social psychology and psychoanalysis, international development, politics, refugee, urban and gender studies. 

Internationally, the School has partnerships with the University of New Mexico and the American University of Cairo; as well as exchange programmes with several European colleges.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will need to submit a research proposal.

Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MPhil, PhD via MPhil or PhD Direct course.

You don't have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it's a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research, and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.

Other important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.

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MODULES

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    PhD via MPhil

    The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas.

    All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

    The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete. Students enrolled in full-time mode of study will transfer from the MPhil to a PhD usually at the two year stage or equivalent for part-time study.

    At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

The Social Sciences Department has two main areas of research: Social work and social policy; and Sociology. 

Social work and social policy research includes: international human rights; applying practice-near research in social work; using new media technology to help people with learning disabilities; performance evaluation of community-based research; and applying geo-information and numerical simulation to crime, health and social policy.

The Sociology strand includes active research on anthropology, political economy, social psychology and psychoanalysis, international development, politics, refugee, urban and gender studies. 

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed on your research throughout the course.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

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