Social Policy, Sociology PhD/MPhil


Ffeithiau’r cwrs

  • Enw: Social Policy, Sociology
  • Cymhwyster: PhD/MPhil
  • Hyd: PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MPhil: 1 to 2 years full-time, 2 to 3 years part-time

The School of Social Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate training. The emphasis is on small groups, close working relationships between students and supervisors, and development towards full professional participation in the subject area. For research students we are able to provide both a full ESRC recognised research training programme and high quality expert supervision across a broad spectrum of subjects.

Research Areas

Social Policy and Sociology with specialisations in:

  • Comparative Social Policy
  • The historical sociology of health
  • Health Policies and devolution
  • Mental illness and learning disabilities
  • Ageing and social change
  • Housing Policy
  • Ethnographic and ethnomethodological studies of work
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Membership categorisation analysis
  • Schooling and social interaction
  • Culture and Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Language and social interaction
  • Identity and diversity
  • Childhood and family

Communities and Social Networks with specialisations in:

  • Community and locality
  • Activism and citizenship in rural areas
  • Lifestyles and environment
  • Civil society in Wales
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food and farming cultures
  • Later life, generations and the lifecourse
  • The shaping of European identities

Minority Languages and Cultures with specialisations in:

  • Language
  • Migration
  • Identity and belonging

Current graduate students are conducting research on:

  • The social organisation of net-based learning
  • Migration, ideas of national belonging and policy responses in Wales and Ireland
  • The economic and social significance of the SARS outbreaks
  • Wales in a global neighbourhood
  • Categorisation and special educational needs: implementing the SEN code of practice
  • The social construction of Welsh identity
  • The use of the Welsh language in the voluntary sector in Wales
  • The role of programme evaluation in the public sector organisation

Rhoddir cynnwys y cwrs ar gyfer arweiniad yn unig a gall newid.

Cyfleoedd Prosiect Ymchwil

Please note the research project opportunities detailed here are NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

If you are a European or International student this research programme is one of those which allows you to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD/MPhil degree.

European and International candidates who have already reached the required level of English can apply for entry onto the project of their choice by presenting a relevant research proposal when applying for admission.

Alternatively you may also consider developing your own research proposal based on the research specialisms within the school.

The opportunities which are currently available are outlined below.

Ethnic majorities and the nation in comparative perspective

Supervisor: Dr Robin Mann

T: +44 (0) 1248 382232/ E:

There is an increasing call for sociological studies of national identities which can go beyond a 'single country' focus. The danger is of believing that what we observe about national identity, say in Britain, is universally or generally true as opposed to a product of place- and history-specific factors. At the same time there are identifiable similarities and differences in regimes of democracy, citizenship and state formation which make comparative analyses possible. The availability of cross-national and international data sets, both quantitative and qualitative, also provides new opportunities for comparative analysis. The aim of this project would be to develop comparative empirical approaches to the study of ethnic majorities and national identity within established liberal democracies, particular those which focus on the national attachments and sentiments of ordinary citizens. Why is it that, across a range of liberal democracies, the nation has come to be seen as in crisis? Can similarly global influences and local responses be identified? The project is open in terms of its empirical and methodological focus, but could involve comparisons of contemporary identity formations across parts of Europe; or parts of the English speaking world such as between Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The project is related to Dr Mann's ongoing research on national identity, ethnic majority and resentment.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Local forms of civil society in societies in transition

Supervisor: Prof. Howard Davis and Dr Robin Mann

T: +44 (0) 1248 382123/ E:

The concept of civil society has emerged in the early 21st century as a contested

term but one that broadly signifies a realm of dialogue and human relations that is connected to, but separate from, the state, markets and private life. An important gap in our knowledge is the impact of social change on local forms of civil society

and civil society organisations and what this means for social cohesion and well-being. It is of particular interest to know how civil society is developing in the context of rapid modernization, the aftermath of conflicts, or where individuals are confronted by economic crisis, institutional turbulence and growing inequality. The project will explore how individuals, communities, and civil society organisations respond to these forces. It is particularly well suited to empirical research on civic participation in society at local and regional levels in contexts of rapid development, nation-building, devolved government and new political regimes. The project is open to mixed, comparative and multi-method sociological research. The project is related to current research on civic participation in Wales in WISERD, the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

New speakers' use of minority languages post education

Supervisor: Dr Rhian Sian Hodges

T: +44 (0) 1248 382758/ E:

Minority language education is a key language revitalisation strategy worldwide. Education drives the language policy and language planning agenda for governments on a global scale. However, a key concern and paradox emerges in the field of language planning worldwide which is the difference between language ability and language use. Not all minority language speakers choose to use their language as part of their daily lives. Education systems worldwide create 'new' minority languages speakers who possess a full spectrum of language competence skills but do not necessarily use their language daily for a number of complex reasons. The aim of this research project is to analyse and interpret the motivations and language use of 'new' minority speakers beyond the education system. How do minority language speakers define themselves in terms of language hierarchy, language ownership, language legitimacy and power relationships? This research aims to provide an in-depth analysis of 'new' minority speakers and assess the usefulness of minority language education as a key language revitalisation strategy.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Social Theory

Supervisor: Dr Marcel Stoetzler

T: +44 (0) 1248 382758/ E:

PhD projects in any area of social theory are welcome. I am particularly interested in comparative and historical studies of social and sociological theory, which would often involve examining how different theoretical traditions relate the concepts of society, individual, state, culture, economy to each other. Questions of identity and agency will often be central, as well as the role of social movements in the changing dynamics of modern history and society.

PhD projects in any area of race, gender, nation and ethnicity studies are also welcome. I am interested in theoretical projects as well as theoretically informed empirical studies especially of the interrelations of these categories (and others) as in 'intersectionality' theory or the various traditions of Marxist and Critical Theory.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Sociologies of Everyday Life/The Interaction Order

Supervisor: Dr Roger Slack

T: +44 (0) 1248 383888/ E:

PhD projects in the areas of social interaction are welcome. I am interested in ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, symbolic interactionism. Particular interests in advice giving in medical settings, the use of new technology in interaction analysis, computer supported co-operative work (CSCW), workplace studies, and reflexivity in ethnomethodology. I also have interests in the philosophy of social science (especially Wittgenstein, Ryle, and Austin) and visual sociology.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Gofynion Mynediad

A good honours degree in a related discipline is required. Students without a Masters degree in a relevant discipline will be required to undertake a taught research training programme in their first year. Students should submit a research outline which must be approved by the Course Director.

For those whose first language is not English or Welsh, the minimum English language requirements is:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no individual score lower than 6.0)
  • Pearson PTE: 62 (with no individual score lower than 58)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no individual score lower than 169)

Sut i Ymgeisio

Cyngor ar wneud cais

Mae ceisiadau ar gyfer graddau ymchwil yn wahanol i geisiadau am gyrsiau ôl-radd trwy ddysgu fel gradd Feistr. Er bod y ffurflen gais yr un ffurflen, mae’r ffordd y dylech fynd ati i wneud cais yn gwneud gwahaniaeth.

Gwneud cais ar gyfer PhD/Mphil wedi ei ariannu’n allanol neu gennych chi eich hun

Fel gydag ein holl gyrsiau, gallwch ariannu cwrs PhD/Mphil ym Mangor eich hun, neu efallai fod gennych gymorth ariannol allanol (er enghraifft gan eich cyflogwr neu gan y cynulliad), ac rydym yn croesawu pob cais am wneud hynny. Er hynny, yn hytrach na chwblhau ffurflen gais yn unig, gallwch gymryd camau syml er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr fod eich cais yn sefyll allan ac yn fwy tebygol o fod yn llwyddiannus.

Mae pob myfyriwr PhD/Mphil angen goruchwyliaeth gan o leiaf un aelod o staff y Brifysgol, ac os ydych yn ystyried PhD/Mphil mae gennych eisoes syniad o’r pwnc neu’r maes yr ydym am astudio ynddo. I wneud yn siŵr fod gan y Brifysgol arbenigedd yn y maes er mwyn darparu goruchwyliaeth, edrychwch yn gyntaf ar ein tudalennau staff.

Unwaith yr ydych wedi dod o hyd i aelod o staff sydd yn gwneud gwaith ymchwil yn y maes, gallwch gysylltu â hwy yn uniongyrchol gyda chrynodeb o’ch ymchwil sy’n amlinellu eich cais a gofynnwch a ydynt yn fodlon i oruchwylio eich project. Os yw’r aelod o staff academaidd yn dangos diddordeb, gallwch drafod ymhellach i ddatblygu cynnig ymchwil PhD/Mphil llawn.

Ar yr adeg yma, dylech wneud cais am y rhaglen PhD/Mphil gan ddefnyddio'r ffurflen sydd ar gael yma. Dylech gwblhau’r ffurflen yn llawn gan gynnwys cyfeirnodau academaidd, eich cais ymchwil ac enw’r aelod o staff academaidd sydd am eich goruchwylio.

Ymgeisio am ysgoloriaethau PhD a hysbysebir gan Brifysgol Bangor

Eich cynnig ymchwil

Mae cynnig ymchwil da yn hanfodol os ydych yn ymgeisio am PhD neu MPhil. Dylai’r cynnig gynnwys:

(i) Trosolwg - rhowch fraslun o'r maes pwnc yr ydych am ymchwilio iddo, a rhoddwch wybodaeth am y dadleuon damcaniaethol, polisi ac empirig y byddwch yn ymdrin â hwy.
(ii) Cynllunio – rhaid i chi ddangos eich bod yn ymwybodol o amserlenni ymchwil, a bod gennych gynllun i reoli'ch gwaith. Rhaid i chi ddangos ei bod yn bosib cyflawni'r ymchwil yn yr amser sydd ar gael.
(iii) Cyfeiriadau llenyddol – rhaid i chi ddangos nad yw'ch maes ymchwil arfaethedig wedi'i astudio o'r blaen. Rhowch gyfeiriadau at erthyglau a thestunau llenyddol sy'n berthnasol i'ch maes astudio chi.
(iv) Methodoleg – rhaid i chi ddangos eich bod yn ymwybodol o'r offer methodolegol sydd ar gael, a nodi pa rai fyddai'n addas i'ch ymchwil chi.

Mwy o gyngor am baratoi eich cynnig ymchwil

Ymgeisio am ysgoloriaethau PhD a hysbysebir gan Brifysgol Bangor

Mae cyfleoedd i ennill ysgoloriaethau PhD wedi eu hariannu yn codi yn aml drwy gydol y flwyddyn, ac yn cael ei hysbysebu fel cyfleoedd penodol sydd yn gofyn i chi wneud cais ffurfiol. Mae’r broses gwneud cais ar gyfer ysgoloriaethau PhD wedi eu hariannu yn amrywio o ysgol i ysgol felly mae gofyn i chi edrych ar wefan yr ysgol academaidd briodol a dilyn y cyfarwyddiadau sydd ar gael yno. Os ydych yn ansicr o unrhyw ran o’r broses gneud cais, gallwch gysylltu â’r ysgol academaidd briodol yn uniongyrchol am gyngor neu gallwch e-bostio

Gallwch nawr wneud cais ar-lein ar gyfer holl raglenni ôl-raddedig trwy ddysgu a rhaglenni ymchwil ôl-raddedig y Brifysgol (gan eithrio TAR, Diploma mewn Therapi Galwedigaethol a DClinPsy).

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Phone: +44 (0)1248 382085


ESRC 1+3 Research Training Recognition (Social Policy)
The School offers occasional scholarships and bursaries.

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