University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Introduction

Ten reasons to choose us

  1. The School was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and was also placed 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA).

  2. Our School produces world class research, as defined by the 2014 REF. An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and 99% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research, gaining the highest possible score of 100%.

  3. You will be taught by highly trained staff who are world experts in their fields and often feature in the media and as a multidisciplinary School, we offer an unparalleled grounding in the discipline of your choice. Our programmes feature a wide range of attractive options including those from Sociology, Social Sciences, Criminology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Social Policy and Cultural Studies, which ensure you will benefit from academic breadth as well as depth in your studies with us.

  4. We provide excellent pastoral care. Staff at all levels are friendly, approachable and deeply invested in the learning environment of our students. We maintain an excellent staff-student ratio meaning you will often be taught in small groups and have direct access to your lecturers.

  5. We ensure that all applicants to the School are made aware of the systems in the University that support disabled students, including the Disability Support and Policies and Procedures for Students with Disabilities pages on our website. New students are pointed to the Student Support and Wellbeing page.

  6. We listen to students and respond to their suggestions. Students are represented on all our committees, ensuring that student needs are kept at the top of our agenda.

  7. We offer courses at two attractive campuses - Canterbury and Medway - both in locations of historical interest. Each provides first class accommodation. By train, Canterbury is less than 1 hour from central London and Medway is just 30 minutes.

  8. You will have access to great facilities including sports centres, theatre and cinema, centre for music performance, clubs and societies, bars, cafes and night clubs, helping to ensure that your student experience with us is enjoyable as well as intellectually stimulating and productive.

  9. Our School has been ranked as one of the top centres for social science in the UK since league tables began. You will be taught by lecturers who write the books and articles that shape the disciplines you are learning.

  10. The additional resources that we enjoy as a result of our research success means that we have a vibrant culture of specialist seminars, workshops and conferences that are open to our undergraduate as well as our postgraduate students.
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2-year MA with specialist pathways

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

The two year MA programmes are specially geared towards international students, who wish to familiarise themselves with academic learning in the UK. This is done by undertaking a preparatory year of English language [+]

Gain a UK Master’s qualification at a top 20 University* The two year MA programmes are specially geared towards international students, who wish to familiarise themselves with academic learning in the UK. This is done by undertaking a preparatory year of English language and undergraduate modules in the subject area before embarking on Master level modules in the second year. The programmes entail modules on writing and reading academic English, essential research and academic skills, as well as specific modules in sociology, criminology, research methods and social policy. The degrees are available in the following subjects and are ideal for anyone wanting to enhance their professional skills and knowledge: - Criminology - Sociology - International Social Policy - Methods of Social Research Each programme will give the student a clear, confident and advanced understanding of the subject area alongside coaching in academic study and writing. Students will also receive language and study support in the first year, ensuring that they achieve their full potential. Students will learn to think critically, analyse data and present key findings as well as developing key transferrable skills such as time management, presentation skills, IT skills and problem solving. At Kent, students are supported by experienced academics delivering a quality learning experience. *(The Guardian University Guide 2014) Entry Requirements International students can qualify with the following: - Undergraduate study at an overseas University or institution in a relevant social sciences field - A undergraduate degree from a UK institution where the particular area of intended SSPSSR study has represented a component but not the principal focus of study - A relevant Foundation degree, ordinary (Bachelors) degree, Diploma of Higher Education or other higher diploma - Average 6.0 in IELTS test, minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing (Students will need to meet the SSPSSR linguistic entry requirement by gaining an equivalent grade in LZ605, the Programme’s Advanced English for Postgraduate Academic Study in Social Sciences and Humanities module). [-]

MA, MPhil, PhD in Community Care

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 5 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and is one of the leading UK academic groups working in intellectual disability and community care. [+]

Overview The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and is one of the leading UK academic groups working in intellectual disability and community care. The Centre has excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments. Our primary aims, through research, teaching and consultancy, are: to find out more about how to effectively support and work with people with learning disabilities to help carers, managers and professionals develop the values, knowledge and skills that enable better services to aid policymakers, planners, managers and practitioners to organise and provide enhanced services. The Tizard Centre is recognised as leading the field in deinstitutionalisation and community living, challenging behaviour, quality of staff support, sexuality and autism, and has had a significant impact on national policies in these areas. We are committed to addressing issues arising from social inequality. Course structure The Centre offers excellent opportunities for full or part-time research in intellectual disability and community care leading to higher degrees. The Tizard Centre has a strong track record of attracting University and ESRC research studentship funding. You should send an outline of your research proposal with your application. Entry requirements A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject. English language entry requirements Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. Research areas Current research areas include: social inequalities and community care; intellectual and developmental disabilities. [-]

MA Advanced Child Protection Research and Practice

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Our course uses innovative and cutting edge techniques and technology, in particular the use of inter-professional simulations, expert lectures, in the form of audio and videoed podcasts, acted role plays and discussion [+]

Do you want to study child protection in a different and more effective way? Our course uses innovative and cutting edge techniques and technology, in particular the use of inter-professional simulations, expert lectures, in the form of audio and videoed podcasts, acted role plays and discussion forums. We are proud to bring together inter-professional perspectives from teachers, social workers, police and health visitors and focus on skills of direct work with both parents and children. The cost of this two year MA is £3800 per year and there is an organisational discount for 2 or more students email us to discuss this further. Course benefits - Academic and professional support from staff in a Centre of excellence and innovationin child protection - The opportunity to study in a School with a long established tradition of research - Supportive, student-centred teaching and learning; provision for a diverse student population - The development of knowledge on child protection and safeguarding - Innovative methods of teaching and learning suited to flexible learning - Teaching by a range of specialists with national and international reputations - The opportunity to study and access this expertise through distance learning. - Outstanding teaching, research and support facilities including access to extensive online resources, national and cross national data-bases and books and journal. [-]

MA Autism Studies

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Applications received after April 4th will be considered for 2015 entry. It may be possible in exceptional circumstances to consider some post-4th April applications for 2014 entry, should spaces become available through [+]

Please note that all applications received before April 4th are guaranteed to be considered for 2014 entry. Applications received after April 4th will be considered for 2015 entry. It may be possible in exceptional circumstances to consider some post-4th April applications for 2014 entry, should spaces become available through students being withdrawn. All students offered a place for 2014 entry should meet their conditions of offer by May 23rd 2014. If this is not done, we will defer them to 2015. Teaching methods Modules will be taught via a mixture of web-based texts, recommended reading, guided study, campus-based teaching, video resources and online discussions. Moodle will be used as the virtual learning environment. Students will be provided with substantial reading material but will also be expected to pursue their own reading through journals (mostly available online or via document delivery) and books (through Kent library and local libraries). Campus-based students will have regular support during workshops and by e-mail from their dissertation supervisor/tutor. All distance learning students will have an assigned dissertation supervisor and/or tutor who will provide them with support by e-mail, via online discussion and via SKYPE or other video-conferencing software. Distance learning students can also meet their tutor in person if they live within travelling distance. Admission requirements Students are expected to have a first degree (equivalent to a lower second class degree (2:2) or higher), ideally in a social science relevant discipline. However, we will consider other qualifications on a case by case basis. Admission normally requires prior voluntary, professional or family experience of children or adults with autism spectrum conditions.Applicants may be admitted without such experience if they undertake to obtain relevant experience prior to or during their studies. For non-UK based students, evidence of ability to read, understand, write and speak English will be required. Two references are required, at least one of which should be an academic reference. Students who completed their first degree a long time ago should contact us for advice. [-]

MA Civil Society, NGO and Non-Profit Studies

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

This new and currently relevant MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is offered by the University of Kent's highly respected School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research; we are proud to have been ranked at [+]

This new and currently relevant MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is offered by the University of Kent's highly respected School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research; we are proud to have been ranked at 4th in the UK in the most recent RAE. As a recognised world, European and national leader in theoretical and applied social science with a strong liberal arts component, the School is uniquely well positioned to deliver this wide ranging and multi-faceted programme utilising contemporary research knowledge. The MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is designed for well qualified, reflective, curious and profoundly motivated students who wish to gain knowledge of, and the ability to critically analyse, the role that civil society organisations do and should play in political, social and economic life. This new MA is exceptional in the field in terms of its breadth and depth. For example, most programmes in this area tend to focus largely on management and organisational issues and are associated with business studies style approaches. This MA, by contrast, is able to capitalise on the extraordinary range of multi-disciplinary expertise to be found at SSPSSR and the Faculty of Social Science, capitalising on cutting edge knowledge in policy studies, sociology and political analysis. Context for the new MA: The growth of international scholarship and policy interest in civil society The motivations for this area of study differ from place to place: in the UK, for example, emphasis is being placed on this sphere’s pivotal role as a anchor for the ‘Big Society’, and as a response to the limitations of the State; in many parts of East Central Europe, its capability to act as an alternative to market excesses which are given particular weight; while in the developing world it is often its role as an agent for democratisation that attracts most attention. But whatever the balance of reasons, it is agreed that we need to invest in the advancement of knowledge about this part of our social infrastructure. International research effort has accordingly proliferated in this area. Specialist international associations like ISTR, the International Society for Third Sector Research, have flourished over the past decade or more; nationally based groups, like VSSN in the UK and ARNOVA in the US have increasingly embraced the international and comparative dimension in their fora and events; and many disciplinary scholarly associations now include special interest groups focusing on core aspects of this sphere. Included here are nonprofit enterprise (economics and business studies), altruism, philanthropy and social movements (sociology), pro-social behaviours (social psychology), social capital and governance (political science), and long term trajectories of third sector-state interdependence (historical studies). The course is suitable for: - Internationally oriented students who have specialised or majored in undergraduate programmes in civil society, non-profit studies, policy studies or related areas, and wish to develop, deepen and broaden their existing knowledge - Practitioners working for or with civil society organisations, who have acquired experiential knowledge of aspects of this sphere, and who now wish to deepen their understanding more systematically by engaging with the latest frameworks and techniques for reflection and analysis - Employees from local, national and international public bodies and third sector representative and voice bodies, who need to develop insights on civil society as part of their efforts to frame, design, implement, analyse and critique civil society policies The course is flexibly organised, and may be undertaken on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis. The core, mandatory modules provide a uniquely insightful overview of the long term development of social science thinking about civil society; equip students with the ability to understand and put to work the most relevant approaches to the subject from across disciplines; and provide training in methodological matters. Students then choose from a range of options with strong relevance for civil society development, covering social movements; philanthropy and fundraising; international social policy analysis, and other bodies of knowledge within particular fields. Students obtain a Diploma on successfully completing these modules. However, many will seek to obtain the full MA by completing a closely supervised dissertation during the summer months which allows them to explore their particular area of interest in depth. [-]

MA Criminology

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

The University of Kent is proud to offer a competitive and engaging MA in Criminology that combines a core programme of criminological theory and research methods with a series of exciting optional modules encompassing [+]

The University of Kent is proud to offer a competitive and engaging MA in Criminology that combines a core programme of criminological theory and research methods with a series of exciting optional modules encompassing the topical criminological issues of the day. While the increasing popularity of Criminology as a subject discipline has seen an expansion of MA programmes in this area, there are many reasons to choose to study at Kent. - Study takes place within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR), a department with an extremely strong research culture that was rated equal fourth in the national 2008 Research and Assessment exercise. - The Masters was founded by the world-famous Criminologist, Professor Jock Young. - The course is taught by internationally recognised team of academics and researchers. - The content of the programme remains at the cutting edge of current Criminological debate with a strong emphasis on the cultural context of crime. - Kent students are offered the unique opportunity to add an international dimension to their criminological study by participating in the Common Studies Sessions in Critical Criminology. This event provides students and staff the opportunity to exchange ideas and deliver papers on topics relating to critical, cultural and international criminology at a bi-annual conference run in collaboration with Kent University’s international criminology partners from universities in The Netherlands, the United States, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and Greece. - We also offer an MA in Criminology with a Semester Aboard at one of our partner universities in the above countries. - For those interested in continuing their postgraduate study, SSPSSR has a strong reputation for continued study towards a criminology doctorate. Students may embark upon their studies over either a one year full time programme or a two year part time programme. At the heart of the MA Criminology are two core courses dealing with advanced criminological theory and advanced research methods. These are complemented by the opportunity to pursue either a research or library-based Criminological dissertation. Finally, students are free to choose from a wide range of optional modules, including: Cultural Criminology; Young People, Crime and Place; Terrorism and Modern Society; Prisons and Penal Policy; The Sociology of Violence; Critical and Global Criminology; Drugs, Culture and Control; Penology; and Policing. [-]

MA Criminology with a semester abroad

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Based in the SSPSSR, Canterbury Campus, and lasting one year, the MA in Criminology with a Semester Abroad is offered to full-time students. Students may either choose to study a semester abroad in the spring term or during the [+]

Based in the SSPSSR, Canterbury Campus, and lasting one year, the MA in Criminology with a Semester Abroad is offered to full-time students. Students may either choose to study a semester abroad in the spring term or during the summer vacation period. When the partnership with the university abroad allows, it is intended that students will receive a Student Mobility grant as part-contribution to the costs of the semester abroad. The amount of the grant will depend on the allocation of funds in the Erasmus Lifelong Learning programme. The programme enables mobility to a partner university in another country and thus gives the opportunity to take a new perspective on criminology and criminal justice policy in a different learning environment. It also provides the experience of a different way of life, enhancing the appreciation of diversity and intercultural dialogue, promoting personal development, and building the skills, flexibility and outlook for both organised and independent mobility in future training, education and employment. As well as cultivating a flexible, international and critical criminological outlook, such mobility develops a set of skills increasingly valued by employers in a globalising world. The programme Based in the SSPSSR, Canterbury Campus and lasting one year, the programme is offered to full-time students only. Study on the programme is divided into a number of modules and a dissertation. The programme is comprised of a total of 180 Kent credits (120 credits from taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation). This is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (60 credits from taught modules and a 30 credit dissertation) Students will be required to take three compulsory modules (including the dissertation module), and will also choose four additional modules or equivalent from a range of options. [-]

MA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities*

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Globally, some 70 million people have an intellectual disability and/or autism. The pattern of service provision in high income countries is often similar to that in the UK, though by no means universally so. Institutions [+]

Globally, some 70 million people have an intellectual disability and/or autism. The pattern of service provision in high income countries is often similar to that in the UK, though by no means universally so. Institutions remain the only option in many countries and even such rudimentary services as institutions are not available in many low income countries. Who are the students? Our students come from many different professional backgrounds (and none), people with many years (or very little) experience. The main qualification is a willingness to think afresh and to have your existing views challenged. Doing the course can be a transformational experience. Backgrounds of recent students have included: a psychology degree and some voluntary experience; speech and language therapy; several years working as a behaviour specialist; occupational therapy; work in supported housing or day provision; teaching etc. The mixture of students is a key element of the course with their diversity of experiences and views contributing greatly to teaching and learning. [-]

MA International Social Policy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MA Methods of Social Research provides essential training for those who wish to go on to employment involving the use of social research or to further academic research in a social science discipline. It considers [+]

The MA Methods of Social Research provides essential training for those who wish to go on to employment involving the use of social research or to further academic research in a social science discipline. It considers and evaluates a variety of different approaches to social science research, presented in a multi-disciplinary context and at an advanced level. The focus of the programme is on developing practical skills in analysis and presentation of social research and an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding research Participants will be introduced to debates about the relationship between theory and research and between research and policy/practice. It aims to: - Provide essential training for those who will go on to employment involving the use of social research or to further research in the social sciences. - Introduce students to a variety of different approaches to social science research, presented in a multi-disciplinary context and at an advanced level - Cover the principles of research design and strategy, including formulating research questions or hypotheses and translating these into practicable research designs - Make students aware of the range of secondary data available and equip them to evaluate its utility for their research - Introduce students to the philosophical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding research and to debates about the relationship between theory and research, about problems of evidence and inference, and about the limits to objectivity - Develop skills in the main statistical techniques for quantitative data analysis, including the use of SPSS - Develop skills in writing, in the preparation of a research proposal, in the presentation of research results and in verbal communication - Help students to prepare their research results for wider dissemination, in the form of seminar papers, conference presentations, reports and publications, in a form suitable for a range of different audiences, including academics, policy makers, professionals, service users and the general public - We especially encourage students who are planning for a Ph.D. in the field of social sciences to take up this programme to prepare their Ph.D. proposals. [-]

MA Methods of Social Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MA Methods of Social Research provides essential training for those who wish to go on to employment involving the use of social research or to further academic research in a social science discipline. It considers [+]

The MA Methods of Social Research provides essential training for those who wish to go on to employment involving the use of social research or to further academic research in a social science discipline. It considers and evaluates a variety of different approaches to social science research, presented in a multi-disciplinary context and at an advanced level. The focus of the programme is on developing practical skills in analysis and presentation of social research and an understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding research Participants will be introduced to debates about the relationship between theory and research and between research and policy/practice. Full time or part time? The Programme can be taken either full time over one year or part time over two years. For part time students the first year will comprise the two modules, that is “Design of Social Research” and “Qualitative Data Analysis.” In the second year, students will take the two modules, that is “Quantitative Research” and “Using Research – Advanced Critical Skills” Additional credits will be obtained from optional modules offered within the Faculty. Teaching and assessment Teaching for the MA will take a variety of forms, including lectures, tutor-led seminars, student-led seminars, small group work, workshops on data analysis, guided search of on-line data sources, and self-directed learning based on the University Library. Students will be assessed in each module and on a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice. Module assessments vary. Some require either one 5,000-word or two 2,500-word essays; others require more of a portfolio of work, including in-class tests. The individual module outlines contain the necessary information on assessment. [-]

MA Political Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MA in Political Sociology combines sociology and political science to address key issues of social and political change in modern societies. It examines the interaction and interdependence among social and political [+]

The MA in Political Sociology combines sociology and political science to address key issues of social and political change in modern societies. It examines the interaction and interdependence among social and political institutions, processes and action, especially collective action, and is distinctive in its focus on social and political movements, protest, and the less conventional and institutionalised forms of political action and participation, environmental politics and globalisation. Depending upon your choice of option modules, the programme will also give you: - An understanding of the theoretical problems of political sociological inquiry and their relationship to research practices - Knowledge of the methodological procedures used to investigate a wide range of practical and substantive issues - Skills in practical research-related tasks - Awareness of the range of secondary data available and the ability to evaluate its utility for your research - The opportunity to develop transferable employment-related skills through group work, presentations and the use of information technologies - An enhanced capacity to undertake independent research. The programme is also designed to enhance your professional development. We place considerable emphasis on the socialisation of graduate students into a research community. This is reflected in our pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. There is less didactic teaching and more emphasis on structured seminars with greater participation from students. Class sizes are generally much smaller than at undergraduate level and you will be taught by established members of the academic staff, many of whom are internationally recognized leaders in their particular fields of inquiry. This facilitates close working relationships between staff and students. You will also be encouraged to participate in the staff/graduate seminar which allows MA and research students the opportunity to become more fully involved in a professional research culture, and to meet visiting speakers from many universities in Britain and beyond. [-]

MA Social Work

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

The MA in Social Work offers you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work alongside a Masters degree. The programme offers successful graduates eligibility to apply for professional registration [+]

The MA in Social Work offers you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in social work alongside a Masters degree. The programme offers successful graduates eligibility to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) the regulatory body for social work. The MA provides the national required standard in knowledge and skills needed by professional social workers. The programme also provides extensive work in practice learning settings that meet Government requirements. It is a full time programme running from September of Year 1 to end August of Year 2. The qualifying MA in Social Work requires more time commitment than a more traditional MA. The MA invites you to think coherently and systematically about the context, nature and aims of social work in the UK. It will provide a comprehensive overview of social work theory, skills, knowledge, interventions and practice as well as research skills. In addition to assessed work linked to both taught modules and practice learning you will be expected to write a dissertation in a specific area of research to be submitted at the end of Year 2. There is considerable emphasis on structured seminars on the MA with an expectation of significant participation from students. Class sizes are generally small and you will always be taught by established members of the academic staff. You will be allocated an Academic Advisor from the team who will support you throughout the two years of the MA. Social Work runs at the University of Kent's Medway campus, and benefits from the excellent new facilities on site. The degree is taught by lecturers with extensive social work practice experience who are active in research and scholarship, and the student body is a cosmopolitan mix of mature and younger students, from different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities. Fees and Funding The fees for the qualifying MA in Social Work are £6,000 per annum for an EU/home student and £9,000 per annum for an international student. The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is responsible for the administration of a non-means-tested social work bursary. There is a cap, nationally, on the number of bursaries that are made available to all qualifying social work programmes. We are waiting to hear from the NHSBSA about the number of NHS bursaries our MA in Social Work will be allocated. It is likely that there will be fewer bursaries than places on the programme. [-]

MA Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MA Sociology invites you to think systematically about the social world and how it is currently changing. The programme [+]

The MA Sociology invites you to think systematically about the social world and how it is currently changing. The programme provides a comprehensive overview of the foundational concerns and current debates in sociology and offers a range of options for exploring applications in specific area of research. You will learn about current theoretical tools and develop skills in research and data analysis, which can be used in a range of professional fields. The programme is also an excellent basis for pursuing further research in sociology or more specialised or applied subjects. The programme aims to provide students with: - A thorough grounding in sociological research on modern societies and contemporary culture, as well as cutting edge contemporary social theory - The broadest possible scope for choice and selection of optional modules, both within SSPSSR and from other Schools - Knowledge of the methodological procedures used to investigate a wide range of practical and substantive issues - Skills for practical research-related tasks - The opportunity to develop transferable employment-related skills through group work, presentations and the use of information technologies - A capacity to undertake independent research. The programme is also designed to enhance your professional development. We place considerable emphasis on the socialisation of graduate students into a research community. This is reflected in our pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. There is less didactic teaching and more emphasis on structured seminars with greater participation from students. Class sizes are generally much smaller than at undergraduate level and you will always be taught by established members of the academic staff. This leads to close working relationships between staff and students. You will also participate in the staff/graduate research seminar, and thereby, will be presented with opportunities to become more fully involved in a professional research culture. [-]

MPhil, PhD in Learning Disability

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The Tizard Centre is one of the leading academic groups concerned with learning disabilities and community care. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside academics renowned nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field. [+]

The Tizard Centre is one of the leading academic groups concerned with learning disabilities and community care. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside academics renowned nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field. The Tizard Centre offers the following research programmes on a full or part-time basis: - Community Care (MPhil and PhD) - Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (MPhil and PhD) - Applied Psychology (MPhil and PhD) - Mental Health (MPhil and PhD) Potential topics and supervisors We welcome applications concerning all aspects of community care, but the academic staff named below are particularly interested in supervising research in the following specialist areas: Funding The Tizard Centre has one departmental studentship to award to an outstanding applicant. This covers tuition fees, plus a bursary of around £13,726 per annum for a period of 3 years. In return for this you will be expected to do a limited amount of teaching within the department on a regular basis. [-]

MPhil, PhD in Migration Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

The Migration, Ethnicity, Religion and Belonging (MERB) cluster provides a home for the exciting and varied research on issues of migration and belonging - as typified by current studies on race, ethnicity, religion and [+]

The Migration, Ethnicity, Religion and Belonging (MERB) cluster provides a home for the exciting and varied research on issues of migration and belonging - as typified by current studies on race, ethnicity, religion and space occurring within and beyond SSPSSR. Employing a range of theoretical and methodological approaches and substantive foci, members of MERB are united by a shared interest in the ‘external’ socio-cultural and political environments in which racial, citizenship, and state/geographic identities and opportunities are constructed. We also share interests in the ‘internal’ environments of community, family and embodied capacities/identities through which individuals and groups resist and act creatively upon these horizons of constraint and possibility. This dual view is also reflected by research on the tensions between the ‘public’ and ‘private’ and how these both shape and are shaped by the dynamics of religious identity in the UK and beyond. Current research on race and ethnicity (e.g. on the ‘second generation’ or ‘mixed race’) explores how individuals develop identities through strategies of adaptation, integration and mobilization. Other projects investigate political transnationalism, and the experiences of immigration detainees in the UK. Ongoing analyses in belonging and religion explore the links between formal and substantive citizenship, and the sense of feeling ‘at home’ within the nation-state or in specific ethnic/class or gendered communities. Central here is an interest in the increased significance of religion as a resource of belonging, and its relevance to transnational identities and debates about ‘integration’, as well as theoretical analyses of embodiment as a foundation of identity and meaning-making cultural and religious practices. The School has a strong cluster of scholars working on migration, ethnicity/race, racisms, racial inequality, religious habitus and difference, diaspora and belonging – especially in urban contexts. A number of staff (Miller, Garbin, Song, De Hanas) research debates concerning multiculturalism, social cohesion, and second generation ethnic identity and integration, especially in urban contexts. Garbin and De Hanas research the role of religion in political participation among South Asian, Caribbean, and African communities. Miller’s research revolves around issues of ‘belonging’ and how it relates to both spatial and online contexts (both ‘on the ground’ and through media), especially among minority communities. Song has researched not only second generation ethnic identities, but has written about various measures of ‘integration’. Extending the research on identity and belonging, Ray investigates Jewish diaspora, memory and identity. The experiences of British ethnic minorities, racisms and racial inequality are also key themes (Mitton, Song), as is racial violence (Ray). Mitton’s research has focused on the experiences of Black Africans in Britain. Song has also been working on theories of racialization and racisms. Mapping one major demographic change in Britain in recent years, Song (and Aspinall) leads in research on ‘mixedness’ and ‘mixed race’ young people’s experiences in Britain, with a Leverhulme grant on the intergenerational transmission of ethnic/racial identity by mixed race parents. Another aspect of ‘mixing’ concerns Kirton’s work on trans-racial adoption, which has been important in shaping policy in this area. Migration (in its many forms) is a major focus of research: research on refugees and asylum seekers is also central within the School (Hubbard, Masocha, Robinson). Garbin and De Hanas also research the ways in which South Asian and African communities engage in various forms of transnational networks. In addition to scholarship on religious difference within the School, Shilling has extended his internationally acclaimed work on the body into investigations of how the embodied foundations of human being can be forged into particular identities through a theory of 'religious body pedagogics'. Shilling is presently working on a novel development of these issues in a book on the religious habitus, The Body and Social Theory. [-]

MSc(R), MPhil, PhD Environmental Social Science

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Research programmes involve writing a thesis on a particular topic with specialist supervision. You are given research training, which is tailored to the particular needs of your research and takes into account any training [+]

Research programmes involve writing a thesis on a particular topic with specialist supervision. You are given research training, which is tailored to the particular needs of your research and takes into account any training you have previously received. You also have opportunities to attend modules on relevant subjects on a non-assessed basis to fill any gaps in your background. We offer research supervision across a broad range of topics. We are especially interested in applications that include proposals to investigate the social dimensions of environmental issues in the countries in which we have area expertise, and topics in environmental politics and environmental movements. We offer: - High-quality supervision across a wide range of areas. - Individually tailored supervisory teams. - A careful programme of induction, monitoring and development designed to advance your studies and career. - Membership of School Research Groups - Career development through a Professional Seminar Series - Access to a range of seminar series - Membership of study groups. If you wish to join with us to study for a research degree, it is advisable to make contact with a potential supervisor in order to develop with them a proposal. Attendance: MSc one year full-time or two years part-time, MPhil two years full-time or three years part-time, PhD three years full-time or five years part-time. Start: At any time but preferably in September. [-]

MSc Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Applications received after April 4th will be considered for 2015 entry. It may be possible in exceptional circumstances to consider some post-4th April applications for 2014 entry, should spaces become available through [+]

Globally, some 70 million people have an intellectual disability and/or autism. The pattern of service provision in high income countries is often similar to that in the UK, though by no means universally so. Institutions remain the only option in many countries and even such rudimentary services as institutions are not available in many low income countries. Despite the successes many challenges remain. Many children and adults, especially those with complex needs, continue to live out of their local areas in institutional settings. Many children and families do not receive the early intervention or support that they need. Most adults do not have the opportunity to work. Health care remains of very poor quality. In short, many children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism continue to be discriminated against and excluded from many aspects of an ordinary life. Changing this state of affairs requires staff with great skills. These skills include the capacity to understand and work with individuals for example, making sure that "challenging" behaviour does not prevent participation in ordinary activities. These skills also include the capacity to understand and work with systems for example, making sure that commissioners are aware of the needs of families or that policy and practice are consistent. We seek to develop this range of skills so that successful graduates have an in-depth understanding of all of the issues necessary to improve service provision, individual behaviour, staff attitudes and responses, organisations and their resistance to change, sound approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence and the social/policy context. Application Applications received after April 4th will be considered for 2015 entry. It may be possible in exceptional circumstances to consider some post-4th April applications for 2014 entry, should spaces become available through students being withdrawn. All students offered a place for 2014 entry should meet their conditions of offer by May 23rd 2014. If this is not done, we will defer them to 2015. The courses Our postgraduate courses all have one or more of three components: - Coursework, lectures, seminars and associated academic assignments on Service Issues, Research Methods, Social Psychology of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Behavioural Analysis and Intervention and including an Extended Essay - placements - clinical and service placements providing supervised experience and practical skill development - dissertation - a supervised research project on some aspect of intellectual/developmental disability Postgraduate certificate students complete coursework over one or two years. Postgraduate diploma students combine coursework with either placements or a dissertation, again usually over 1-2 years. MA students combine coursework with a longer dissertation. MSc students complete all three components in 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). The choice is yours! [-]

MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Our understanding of human behaviour continues to lag behind our ability to control the natural world. Problems such as global warming are likely to require changes in our behaviour as much or more than technological solutions. Applied behaviour analysis is a coherent approach to understanding and changing behaviour with applications to a wide range of the social problems facing us today. [+]

Our understanding of human behaviour continues to lag behind our ability to control the natural world. Problems such as global warming are likely to require changes in our behaviour as much or more than technological solutions. Applied behaviour analysis is a coherent approach to understanding and changing behaviour with applications to a wide range of the social problems facing us today. Our postgraduate courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis provide a range of vocationally valuable opportunities to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in the organisation and delivery of support to people with learning disabilities, autism and related difficulties. The mix of programmes available includes both distance learning and campus based options, practice or research routes and a flexible mix of learning and teaching methods. Course content You develop a critical understanding of concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field. You also develop methods of observing, recording and analysing behaviour and have the opportunity to conduct a research study or work-based learning project. Who should apply A good honours degree in a social science discipline is usually required, and we also accept applications from people with professional qualifications or with a less traditional educational background. [-]

MSc Environmental Social Science

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Environmental Social Science programme seeks to provide students with an understanding of the perspectives and contributions of social science to the understanding, interpretation and resolution of environmental [+]

The Environmental Social Science programme seeks to provide students with an understanding of the perspectives and contributions of social science to the understanding, interpretation and resolution of environmental issues. It draws upon expertise from several departments in the Social Science Faculty, and the contributions of teachers who are internationally acknowledged to be leaders in their special fields, to provide a broad multi-disciplinary perspective accessible to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The MSc degree aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of environmental issues from a social science perspective. It also provides an introduction to social science research methods. It is suitable if you want to work in any of several areas relevant to the environment, whether in research, policy or professional practice. A number of past students have found that the course gave them the knowledge and the confidence to make successful changes of career. The MSc programme is also a good preparation for further academic research on environmental topics. The programme draws students with a wide variety of previous experience. Past students have had first degrees in disciplines as varied as anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, business management, environmental sciences, history, journalism, law, political science, and sociology, and all have successfully mastered the course material. As is the case with most programmes at Kent , the student intake is generally cosmopolitan. Students have come from countries as diverse as Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Cyprus , Germany , Greece , India , Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey and the USA , as well as the UK . They have gone on to pursue careers in a variety of fields, most notably research, environmental law, teaching, community development, environmental education, advocacy and work for environmental NGOs in various parts of the world. The Programme This degree is assessed by coursework and dissertation and takes one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). It is designed to help you develop your interest in environmental issues by following systematic courses, but it also provides you with the opportunity to write a 12-15,000 word dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice. [-]

PhD, MPhil, MA(R) Criminology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

As a graduate student in criminology, you will have the opportunity to take part in the bi-annual Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology with students from Erasmus University, Rotterdam; the Universities of Barcelona [+]

Criminology has a long and distinguished tradition at Kent with its research base in the Crime, Control and Culture Cluster and the Kent Crime and Justice Centre. Research - Criminology MA(R), MPhil, PhD. - The Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology. The common study programme in critical criminology As a graduate student in criminology, you will have the opportunity to take part in the bi-annual Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology with students from Erasmus University, Rotterdam; the Universities of Barcelona; Bologna; Ghent; Hamburg; Middlesex; Porto; Utrecht; ELTE, Budapest; the Democritus University of Thrace; the University of the Peloponnese, Corinth; CUNY Graduate Centre, New York. The Common Study sessions are hosted by each of the participating institutions in turn. They are student-led and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with an international group sharing a common interest in critical criminology. Students have the opportunity to take a diploma by dissertation. The School is also home to Kent Criminal Justice Centre (KCJC), which is a collaboration of senior researchers at the University of Kent, based in SSPSSR, the Personal Social Services Research Unit and the Kent Law School. The core members have a multidisciplinary background, which includes sociology, economics, law and statistics, and expertise in sophisticated quantitative techniques, economic modelling and qualitative methods. KCJC has a national and international reputation for interdisciplinary research in the field of criminology and criminal justice. During recent years, the Centre has responded to a high level demand from the Home Office for evaluative research that incorporates cost-effectiveness, while still ensuring responsiveness to local and regional needs and opportunities. [-]

PhD, MPhil, MA(R) Social Policy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Research Degrees at Kent cover a range of range of areas including comparative policy analysis; the ‘Third Sector’; the organization [+]

Research Degrees at Kent cover a range of range of areas including comparative policy analysis; the ‘Third Sector’; the organization and delivery of welfare; the analysis and management of risk in health and welfare; social policy in the Middle East; “race” and ethnicity; work; the welfare state, risk and society, violence, NGOs, social aspects of the body, and religion. We offer: - High-quality supervision across a wide range of areas. - Individually tailored supervisory teams. - A careful programme of induction, monitoring and development designed to advance your studies and career. - Membership of School Research Groups - Career development through a Professional Seminar Series - Access to a range of seminar series - Membership of study groups. If you wish to join with us to study for a research degree, it is advisable to make contact with a potential supervisor in order to develop with them a proposal. Attendance - MA one year full-time or two years part-time - MPhil two years full-time or three years part-time - PhD three years full-time or five years part-time. Start: At any time, but preferably in September [-]

PhD, MPhil and MA(R) in Social Work

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Kent has a long and distinguished history of social care research, undertaken both in School based research units [+]

Kent has a long and distinguished history of social care research, undertaken both in School based research units and by individual academics and teams. Research in the School is diverse in terms of theoretical approaches drawing on sociological, economic, historical and political science perspectives, research methods and subject area. Academic staff involved in this field of research include several teaching in the areas of social work, social policy and health and social care at both the Canterbury and Medway sites. Research interests include: - history of social policy - charities - youth crime, justice and welfare - third sector - civil society - the EU and social policy - child welfare - adoption - foster care - looked after children - adult attachment theory - safeguarding children and child protection - risk - adult mental health - mental health in later life - ageing - gender - the body - carework; - informal care - clothing and dementia. We offer: - High-quality supervision across a wide range of areas. - Individually tailored supervisory teams. - A careful programme of induction, monitoring and development designed to advance your studies and career. - Membership of School Research Groups - Career development through a Professional Seminar Series - Access to a range of seminar series - Membership of study groups. If you wish to join with us to study for a research degree, it is advisable to make contact with a potential supervisor in order to develop with them a proposal. Attendance: MA one year full-time or two years part-time, MPhil two years full-time or three years part-time, PhD three years full-time or five years part-time. Start: At any time, but preferably in September. [-]

PhD, MPhil and MA(R) in Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Research Degrees at Kent cover a range of range of areas including social, cultural and sociological theory, suffering, secrecy, transparency, drugs, new media, globalisation, “race” and ethnicity; work; the welfare state, risk [+]

Research Degrees at Kent cover a range of range of areas including social, cultural and sociological theory, suffering, secrecy, transparency, drugs, new media, globalisation, “race” and ethnicity; work; the welfare state, risk and society, violence, NGOs, social aspects of the body, and religion. We offer: - High-quality supervision across a wide range of areas. - Individually tailored supervisory teams. - A careful programme of induction, monitoring and development designed to advance your studies and career. - Membership of School Research Groups - Career development through a Professional Seminar Series - Access to a range of seminar series - Membership of study groups. If you wish to join with us to study for a research degree, it is advisable to make contact with a potential supervisor in order to develop with them a proposal. Attendance - MA one year full-time or two years part-time - MPhil two years full-time or three years part-time - PhD three years full-time or five years part-time. [-]

MA

MPhil, PhD, MA in Mental Health

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 5 years September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and is one of the leading UK academic groups working in intellectual disability and community care. [+]

Overview The Tizard Centre is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and is one of the leading UK academic groups working in intellectual disability and community care. The Centre has excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments. Our primary aims, through research, teaching and consultancy, are: to find out more about how to effectively support and work with people with learning disabilities to help carers, managers and professionals develop the values, knowledge and skills that enable better services to aid policymakers, planners, managers and practitioners to organise and provide enhanced services. The Tizard Centre is recognised as leading the field in deinstitutionalisation and community living, challenging behaviour, quality of staff support, sexuality and autism, and has had a significant impact on national policies in these areas. We are committed to addressing issues arising from social inequality. Course structure The Centre offers excellent opportunities for full or part-time research in intellectual disability and community care leading to higher degrees. The Tizard Centre has a strong track record of attracting University and ESRC research studentship funding. Entry requirements A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject. You should send an outline of your research proposal with your application. English language entry requirements Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. Research areas Current research areas include: social inequalities and community care; intellectual and developmental disabilities. [-]

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