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Course summary

The active social policy research base in the School ensures that staff who teach on this programme are involved in current social policy debates and that students are made aware of new developments and issues in the area; each research student has an approved programme of research, supported by appropriate original research training. This programme is supported by an interdisciplinary team of experienced research supervisors who have long-standing links to industry, government, research organisations and the voluntary sector.


Staff have expertise for postgraduate supervision in the following: community care, housing and urban regeneration, poverty and social exclusion, social divisions (especially gender, race, disability, sexuality and age), the policy process, family policy and comparative politics.

Assessment method

Awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to successfully defend that thesis to your examiners.

Entry requirements

MPhil: First or upper second class honours degree or Master’s degree. PhD: Master’s degree with a research component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £8350 Year 1
England £2344 Year 1
Scotland £2344 Year 1
Wales £2344 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2344 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission. Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable. All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment. A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Sponsorship information

All UK or EU students who already hold a University of Lincoln undergraduate degree or higher qualification will receive a 30% reduction in tuition fees when they enrol on a University of Lincoln Postgraduate research programme.

Social Policy at University of Lincoln - UCAS