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Postgraduate research

There are two PhD programmes in the Institute:

Research themes

CMIST welcomes PhD applications on our two main research themes:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Social Dynamics

We especially welcome PhD applications related to our research groups:

Current PhD students

Read some first-hand accounts from our students and get a better idea of the range of possible topics:

Doing a PhD

If you already have a good Master’s degree then you can apply to be enrolled directly on to the PhD programme.

Alternatively, if you have a good first degree you will probably have to register for our 1+3 programme which includes a one year MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics followed by a three year PhD.

This will give you the opportunity to gain research skills that are essential to work at doctoral level.  Part-time study is also a possibility.

Available funding

We hope to have a number of funded studentships available for 2014 from the ESRC through the North West Doctoral Training Centre.


For all postgraduate research programmes admissions enquiries, please contact Vicky Barnes:

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4743

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