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Transforming | Social Sciences

The Leeds School of Social Sciences undertakes high quality research in the disciplines of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Speech and Language Sciences, and Politics and International Relations. Our research is organised around two dedicated centres - the Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR) and the Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen) – and aims to make a real difference to the lives of people and communities. Our researchers examine a range of important issues, including inequalities, psychological wellbeing, communication difficulties, policing and conflict resolution.

Each of our research centres host several research programmes. Within the Centre for Applied Social Research, there are five research strands: Peace; Global Inequalities; Crime, Justice & Society; Social Change; the Prison Research Network. The Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen) also hosts five research programmes: Cognition & Behaviour; Genders & Sexualities; Health & Clinical Psychology; Speech & language; Organisational Behaviour.

Research degrees

We have a thriving postgraduate research community (currently 58 students) within the Leeds School of Social Sciences, with students working with supervisors across our main research programmes: more information can be found on our research centre pages (CeASR; PsyCen). We have a mix of students, including full-time and part-time, self-funded, school funded and externally funded, PhD and MRes (Masters by Research) students. Students benefit from a busy research calendar featuring seminars, workshops and writing sessions, and can also access training events delivered by the Graduate School. To support research and professional development, postgraduate research students can access school funding for research expenses and conferences.

For initial enquiries please contact:

For more information regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School.

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