Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Research programmes

MPhil and PhD programmes

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences offers the following six MPhil and PhD programmes:

In addition, and in collaboration with the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP), we also offer the following interdisciplinary PhD programmes:

Each is delivered collaboratively with the University of Bristol and/or the University of Exeter, such that all students on these programmes have second supervisors located in one of these institutions (enabling students to actively engage with the research environment in these institutions as well as with our own).

It is important to note that whilst not mandatory, it is increasingly common for PhD students to complete a specialist Masters in Research (MRes) or equivalent prior to commencing doctoral studies. The ESRC now requires this, and funds an MRes year as part of the "1+3" model for doctoral awards. If you wish to study for both the MRes and the PhD (the 1 + 3) you should apply for the PhD but indicate on the Application Form, that you also wish to study for the MRes.

Professional Masters/Doctorates

Funding opportunities

We offer a range of funding opportunities for research students.


View our how to apply section for guidance on making an application.

For further information, please contact the relevant department.

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PhD project opportunities