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The active Social Policy research base in the School of Social and Political Sciences ensures that staff who teach on this programme are involved in current Social Policy debates and that students are made aware of new developments and issues in the area. Each research student is supported by research training.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in the following:
-Community Care
-Housing and Urban Regeneration
-Poverty and Social Exclusion
-Social Divisions (especially gender, race, disability, sexuality and age)
-The Policy Process
-Family Policy
-Comparative Politics.

How You Study

Research students normally have two internal supervisors with specialist knowledge of Social Policy areas. They have regular meetings with them for advice, monitoring and other support and where appropriate, additional advisors may also be utilised. As a research student, you have the chance to contribute to the School’s internal seminar series and may also be involved in teaching.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to successfully defend that thesis to your examiners.

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may pursue positions as researchers or academics in institutes of higher education. Others may choose to use the experience for personal development and go on to careers in related sectors.

Visit the MPhil Social Policy page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!

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