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PhD Social Statistics
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PhD Social Statistics

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
36 months full-time
Entry requirements

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Tier 4 Student Visa -  International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

To be considered for funding, please submit a full on-line application by 1 December 2017

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and it is part of the application process that we seek suitable supervision for candidates. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants. We strongly advise candidates to read the webpages of the staff or group in whose discipline they intend to specialise and to read some of their publications BEFORE applying. You may conduct a keyword search via the Social Sciences home page to identify potential supervisors/research areas.

Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.

When submitting a research proposal with your application please follow the guidelines carefully. 

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

The Social Statistics discipline area at the University of Manchester has a thriving and diverse research community. Along with colleagues in Sociology, we had the highest proportion of research rated world leading of any UK University by the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education. The REF 2014 also rated our research environment as one of the top two in the UK.

Our research themes include: census and survey methodology, statistical methods in the analysis of social data, social network analysis, latent variable modelling, population studies, ethnic and gender differences and employment and the labour market.  Some recent PhD titles include: 'The Role of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Collection and Dissemination of Census and Survey Data' and 'Race and Population - a Statistical Demographic Approach'.

PhD students are supervised by at least two members of staff who are experts in their areas of research. Students have an outstanding array of potential training options available to them, including places on postgraduate course units and short courses.

Programme Director: Dr Nick Shryane

Tel: 0161 275 0276

Email: N.Shryane@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,000

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Please email Vicky.Barnes@manchester.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4743
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/social-statistics
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Tier 4 Student Visa -  International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

English language

 
  • IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
  • ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
  • Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
  • All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

To be considered for funding, please submit a full on-line application by 1 December 2017

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and it is part of the application process that we seek suitable supervision for candidates. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants. We strongly advise candidates to read the webpages of the staff or group in whose discipline they intend to specialise and to read some of their publications BEFORE applying. You may conduct a keyword search via the Social Sciences home page to identify potential supervisors/research areas.

Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.

When submitting a research proposal with your application please follow the guidelines carefully. 

Advice to applicants

For students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK please refer to our specialist advice pages.

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment.  This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, Skype or telephone. 

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

The Social Statistics discipline area at the University of Manchester has a thriving and diverse research community. Along with colleagues in Sociology, we had the highest proportion of research rated world leading of any UK University by the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education. The REF 2014 also rated our research environment as one of the top two in the UK.

Our research themes include: census and survey methodology, statistical methods in the analysis of social data, social network analysis, latent variable modelling, population studies, ethnic and gender differences and employment and the labour market.  Some recent PhD titles include: 'The Role of Privacy and Confidentiality in the Collection and Dissemination of Census and Survey Data' and 'Race and Population - a Statistical Demographic Approach'.

PhD students are supervised by at least two members of staff who are experts in their areas of research. Students have an outstanding array of potential training options available to them, including places on postgraduate course units and short courses.

Programme Director: Dr Nick Shryane

Tel: 0161 275 0276

Email: N.Shryane@manchester.ac.uk

Special features

Some of our staff members are situated in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Change (CMIST) where there is a PhD programme on Applied Social Research (ASR) and our staff act as ASR PhD supervisors. Prospective students who wish to conduct theses on important substantive issues based on large-scale and complex social surveys and using advanced statistical methods should apply to the ASR programme directly.

Additional programme information

Students have their own desk and PC within CCSR and fully participate in all aspects of life within this thriving research centre.

Teaching and learning

Graduate Teaching Assistants in the School of Social Sciences are considered to be valued members of the teaching team. As such, we take pride in the opportunities provided for the professional development of graduate teaching assistants. Our training includes preparation for application to the Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This brings a range of benefits as follows:

consolidates your personal development and emphasises your professional practice in HE

  • entitlement to use post-nominal letters - AFHEA
  • provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion
  • recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions

More information on the Associate Fellowship HEA

Or, contact Gillian Evans (Gillian.Evans@manchester.ac.uk), our School of Social Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator. 

Details on how to apply for a TA position will be available here in due course.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Typical first destinations at the end of the programme include lectureships, research posts, senior administrative positions in local government, NHS and educational institutions, homeworking and trade union and union linked positions. There is increasing need for well trained social scientists who are able to apply advanced methods of analysis to complex data. These skills are in short supply and graduates of the Social Research Methods and Statistics programme, in particular, leave in a good position to obtain jobs in the academic sector, in central government, including the Office for National Statistics, in local government and within the commercial research sector.

See our Careers and Employability information.