Research in Social Work and Social Sciences (MRes/MPhil/PhD/PD)

1. Overview

At the School of Applied Social Studies, we are committed to conducting high-quality research in psychology, social work and sociology.

Our policy-based and theoretically-informed empirical research reflects our engagement with academic and public sector stakeholders in local, national and international issues. Innovative research is undertaken within our academic disciplines and in interdisciplinary collaborations within the School and University, and with other institutions. We encourage specialised expertise in research-led teaching within an inclusive research culture that extends to postgraduates and undergraduates. The success of this can be measured by our burgeoning research activities and the extent that research underpins our highly regarded teaching programmes.

2. What you will study

The University can offer Social Work and Social Sciences research degrees in the following broad areas:

Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Personal and Social Identity
  • Language
  • Psychology of Memory

Sociology

  • Collective Violence and Terrorism
  • Historical Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Exclusion and Homelessness
  • Drugs and Substance Misuse
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Sociology of Health
  • Gender
  • Theoretical Sociology
  • Development and Post-conflict Societies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy and Environmental Change

 Social Work

  • Adoption and Fostering
  • Housing Policy and Urban Issues
  • Ageing and Older People
  • Migration
  • Child Protection, Residential
  • Organisational Change, Child Care, Youth Justice
  • Social Care and Social Welfare
  • Disability
  • Social Work Education
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Evaluation
  • Family and Kinship
  • Substance Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Service Users & Carers

3. Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirements are a first or upper second class honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or an overseas University, or degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of The Robert Gordon University.

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Masters degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal and clear evidence of research expertise.

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English.

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,195 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,520 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £15,180 per academic year

Part-time

  • £9,108 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,052 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,435 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £14,740 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,845 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,996 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,400 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £14,200 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,520 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,350 per annum

Part-time

  • £6,810 per annum

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,350 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,010 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,600 per academic year

Part-time

  • £6,360 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £ 3,400 year full time
  • £ 2,040 year part time

International Students

  • £10,350 year full time
  • £6,210 year part time

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

5. How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
  • For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English -Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement

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(MRes/MPhil/PhD/PD)

Start Date

September/January

Course Length

MSc/MRes: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years. PhD: Full-time 3 years; Part-time 5 years. PD: Full-time 3 years; Part-time 5 years.

Mode of Attendance

Full-time or Part-time

Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies
More Information:
Professor Stephen Vertigans Head of School of Applied Social Studies
01224 263229