School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent, is committed to providing excellent and innovative teaching and research within the social sciences. Our academic staff are world authorities in their fields and our School, which is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research, is ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The School supports a large and thriving postgraduate community and is committed to providing a supportive and collegiate environment in which you can thrive. Colleagues specialise in research of international, comparative and theoretical significance; our collective strengths are demonstrated in our range of research degrees. Staff work within a variety of intellectual and research traditions across a diverse range of subjects encompassing: child protection; community and health care; criminology; environmental social science; international social policy; methods of social research; philanthropic studies and civil society; political sociology; social policy; social work and sociology.

The University of Kent is proud to be part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) which has been accredited as a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in July 2016.  Our partners include City, University of London; Goldsmiths, University of London; the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Reading, Roehampton, Surrey and Sussex and Royal Holloway, University of London. SSPSSR is proud to be an integral part of this collaboration as well as being home to several specialist research centres:

  • The Tizard Centre and Centre for Child Protection provide training for professionals and researchers in learning disability, community care and child protection.
  • The Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) undertakes high quality research into a range of health systems and services in national and international contexts. Known for strengths in the areas of Primary Care, Public Health, Palliative Care and Health Economics, CHSS also collaborates with a range of partners, service users, professionals and policy-makers internationally.
  • Working alongside and complimenting the work of these centres is the Personal Social Services Unit (PSSRU). Established in 1974, PSSRU undertakes independent research in social and health care with its work underpinned by the UK’s welfare framework. Focusing on needs, resources and outcomes, PSSRU’s research strengths are in the areas of mental health, long-term care, adult and child social and health care. Each of the School’s research centres contributes to the rich, research-led culture of our School and supporting informed and innovative approaches to learning are the trademarks of our research.
  • The Centre for Philanthropy is one of the UK’s leading centres conducting philanthropy research, teaching and public engagement. The Centre conducts relevant research with a range of partners such as for the Coutts’ Million Pound Donors Report.

Research postgraduate programmes
Research applications are welcomed within the School and the varied interests of our academics provides a wealth of expertise for supervision. Under the themes of Civil Society, Crime Culture and Control, Health and Social Care, Migration and Ethnicity, Risk and Uncertainty, Work and Economic Life, the School has currently has the following research studentships available:

  • Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships available in the subject areas of: Applied Psychology; Community Care; Criminology; Environmental Social Science; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Mental Health; Migration Studies; Social Policy; Social Work and Sociology.
  • SeNSS ESRC Scholarship available in Criminology, Social Policy, Social Work or Sociology.
  • Tizard Centre Research Scholarship available in Applied Psychology, Community Care, Intellectual Developmental Disabilities or Mental Health.
  • Quantitative Social Science Research Scholarship available in Criminology, Social Policy or Sociology.

The University of Kent is a cosmopolitan place to study, with students from over 50 countries studying within our School. Postgraduate courses are offered at our beautiful 300-acre parkland Canterbury campus, overlooking the cathedral city of Canterbury and a short distance from both London and continental Europe, and at our Medway campus in the historic dockyards at Chatham Maritime. Postgraduate students can access additional study support, research skills, careers advice, IT and English Language skills training if required and are part of the wider Graduate School community.

School contact
Kalliopi Glezakou
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research
Postgraduate Office
University of Kent
Cornwallis North East
+44 (0)1227 823684