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PhD Social Statistics
Benefit from expert supervision in advanced quantitative methods with a thesis of your choice.

PhD Social Statistics / Programme details

Year of entry: 2018

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


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 (, 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: