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Applied Social Research (ASR) PhD

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Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to be at the forefront of quantitative social science research
  • You are interested in Advanced Quantitative Methods and/or Social Dynamics
  • You have a master's degree in social sciences, statistics or health sciences
Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Entry requirements

A UK master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (social sciences, statistics, health sciences and other degrees with a strong quantitative component) with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more in a relevant subject with no mark below 50%.

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Contact telephone
0161 275 4743
How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) is an interdisciplinary research centre resulting from the merger (in August 2014) of the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR) and the Institute for Social Change (ISC). CMIST provides a focal point at The University of Manchester, for the application of quantitative methods in interdisciplinary social science research in order to generate a world class research environment. The Institute builds on our existing strong reputation for quantitative social science and the development and application of advanced quantitative methods. CMIST aims to be at the forefront, internationally, of quantitative social science research - encapsulating a wide range of topics and methods. A distinctive feature of the Institute is the application of advanced and innovative methods, within an interdisciplinary framework, to address social, economic and political questions.

CMIST is directed by Prof Rachel Gibson and is based in the School of Social Sciences, which is itself based in the Faculty of Humanities. There are two PhD programmes in CMIST: the Applied Social Research (ASR), and Social Statistics, directed by Prof Yaojun Li and Dr Nick Shryane respectively. Students on both programmes are co-located within CMIST which aims to offer an outstanding environment for postgraduate study. Sociology (including Social Statistics) is 1st in the UK, based on the percentage of overall research activity that is world leading (4*), and 2nd based on research power. The School of Social Sciences' teaching was rated as 'excellent' in the last Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) teaching assessment exercise.

CMIST welcomes PhD applications on our two main research themes Advanced Quantitative Methods and Social Dynamics. We especially welcome PhD applications related to our research groups on 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), and Class and Labour Dynamics (led by Yaojun Li and Wendy Olsen).


Prof Yaojun Li

0161 275 0274


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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,195
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098
    International students (per annum): £8,500