Research is undertaken across the range of social science disciplines and covers the breadth of social and governmental concerns. The areas of research that are of particular interest to us and in which we can offer PhD supervision, are based on projects connected with the following research groups:
Politics and International Relations
- International studies
- Political Theory
- European Politics
- Political participation.
- Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours
- Cognition and Perception
- Language and Psycholinguistics
- Development, Interaction and Social Relations.
Sociology and Criminology
- Community engagement
- Crime (including crime reduction, criminal justice, responses to crime, policing, penology, criminological theory, hate crime)
- Geography of social problems and public service provision
- Religion and sexuality
- Work and employment
- Young people and inclusion.
Social Work and Professional Practice
We are particularly interested in pursuing research that adopts a participatory design and research that impacts upon social policy. Our particular areas of research expertise lie in:
- Social inclusion / exclusion
- Faith and social welfare
- Comparative social policy / social welfare and the Chinese community
- Fostering and adoption
- Children, young people and safeguarding
- Mental health / substance misuse and offending.
The scholarships will pay UK / EU fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,726 per annum for 2013/14) for up to three years.
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The closing date for applications is Friday 24 January 2014 at 09:00.
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The School of Social Sciences has research that is world leading and internationally recognised for the major contribution that it has made to the advancement of knowledge. Covering a range of disciplines, Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University has a strong focus on theoretically-informed and applied research that is multi-disciplinary in nature.
Social Sciences at NTU encapsulates a diverse range of research activity which brings together academics engaged in:
- applied research
- politics and international relations
- social policy and social work
The last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 ranked Nottingham Trent University joint 8th in the country for it research in social policy, with 60% of its research activity regarded as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Support and supervision
During your research, you will be supported by a dedicated supervision team with specialist knowledge in your field of activity. You will also have full access to student support centres, financial advice, careers advice, disability support, counselling and an accommodation service.
Your career development
Nottingham Trent University prides itself on the real-world relevance of its courses, and places particular emphasis on helping students to develop the academic and practical know-how that encourages initiative, innovation and academic excellence.
All our research degrees incorporate a programme of supporting studies designed to develop knowledge and skills of all aspects of the research process, including the funding and dissemination of research. This will ensure that you have the necessary expertise to successfully complete your doctoral programme and lay sound foundations for your future career.
Participation in academic conferences, seminars and external networks will cultivate contacts, skills and knowledge essential for successful research practice. These abilities are also transferable to a wide range of other careers. Researchers are also invited to take part in our own Research Conferences giving you the opportunity to present your work and discuss with other researchers at NTU.
There are some opportunities for research students to prepare for an academic career by teaching undergraduate students or supervising laboratory work. Students may take part in the Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education training programme.
Although formal placements are not a requirement of PhDs, the University has strong links with professionals in business and industry.
There are opportunities to participate in ERASMUS overseas exchanges in some subject areas. The University has links with many other institutions such as:
- Sapienza Università di Roma
- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
- l'Université d'Angers
- Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona)
A good UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
How to apply
To apply for a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship, you should submit a fully completed application form, copies of your academic certificates, copies of your English Language Proficiency certificates (if applicable) and your research proposal to the Graduate School.
For further information about the projects and to download an application pack click Order literature above.
You should make it clear in your application form which project you are applying for. Please do not submit a CV with your application as these will not be considered.
Queries about the application process should be directed to the Graduate School.
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