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PhD opportunities 

There are two PhD programmes in the Institute

This is suitable for anyone who wants to conduct a theses on important substantive issues based on large-scale and complex social surveys and using advanced statistical methods.

Students on both programmes are co-located within CMIST.

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:

  • Survey Research (led by Natalie Shlomo)
  • Administrative Data (led by Kingsley Purdam and Mark Elliot)
  • Statistical Modelling (led by Mark Tranmer)
  • Methods, Data Services and Training (led by Jackie Carter and Vanessa Higgins)
  • Ethnicity, Religion and Migration (led by James Nazroo)
  • Ageing, Health and Well-being (led by Chris Phillipson and Nick Shryane)
  • Democracy, Citizens and Elections research (led by Rachel Gibson)
  • Class and Labour Dynamics (led by Yaojun Li and Wendy Olsen).

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

Programme directors

Applied Social Research: Professor Yaojun Li
Social Statistics: Dr Mark Tranmer

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 an alumni loyalty bursary scheme for undergraduates at the University who plan to start a master’s programme in the Faculty of Humanities in September 2015. 

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

  • Read first-hand accounts of PhD students and their studies
  • Meet our current PhD students
  • Find out more about our research groups
  • Download the postgraduate brochure (PDF 1223KB,  opens in a new window)
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We are keen to receive applications relating to data rights, work and employment, census and survey research and health inequalities.