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PhD opportunities in Social Statistics

PhD students are highly valued members of the department of social statistics and we strive to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for study.

We welcome applications for our programmes in Social Statistics and Social Change to study both methodological and substantive contemporary social, economic and political questions using up-to-date and imaginative quantitative approaches.

It is possible for potential students to receive joint supervision from specialists in other disciplines in the School of Social Sciences or from elsewhere in the University.

Research may be UK focused or have an international comparative dimension.

We are particularly keen to receive applications in the following research areas:

  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Multilevel modelling
  • Data rights, confidentiality and privacy research
  • Social network analysis
  • Relationships and relationship structures
  • Work and employment
  • Public engagement
  • Census and survey research
  • Health inequalities

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.
Of course, you needn’t do your PhD on a full-time basis; part-time study is also a possibility.

Potential applicants should have a good first degree (First or Upper Second).

Available funding

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

There is also a bursary – the Stanley Jevons postgraduate loyalty bursary – for University of Manchester undergraduates who start an ESRC-recognised master's. 

Two NCRM funded PhD studentships on "Informative nonresponse" and " Evaluating disclosure risk in linked data" are available to start in September 2015.

Visit the North West Doctoral Training Centre for more details.

How to apply

In the first instance expressions of interest should be addressed to:

Mark Tranmer
Director of Postgraduate Research


For all Postgraduate Research Programmes admissions enquiries, please contact:

Vicky Barnes
Postgraduate Admissions Manager
School of Social Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4743

Find out more

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We are keen to receive applications relating to data rights, work and employment, census and survey research and health inequalities.