Located in the heart of London, the School of Social Sciences has an active research culture to which our well-established doctoral research programme makes a vital contribution. The School incorporates well-established research programmes in politics and international relations, psychology, sociology and criminology and is home to the Centre for the Study of Democracy. Research in the School across these fields has an international reputation for excellence, as was confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

How to apply

To discuss PhD admissions in the Centre for the Study of Democracy (politics and international relations, sociology and criminology) please email [email protected] or [email protected].

To discuss PhD admissions in Psychology please contact Dr Anna Doering via email: [email protected].

You can read more about our application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page. 

How to apply for a research degree

Apply via UCAS

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Criminology P052513 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Politics P052497 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Psychology P052402 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Sociology P052505 Apply now

PhD by published work

If you intend to apply for PhD by Published Work please refer to the information on our PhD by published work page as the application process differs from the normal MPhil/PhD. Before applying, you should first make contact with the relevant academic for an informal discussion of your publications. You should only submit a formal application at this stage.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
PhD by Published Work Criminology P052516 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Politics P052500 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Psychology P052405 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Sociology P052512 Apply now


The Graduate School and each of the academic schools at the University of Westminster are committed to doctoral programmes which encourage and make possible excellent research. As part of this, we are committed to offering a range of studentships. Find out more information on current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page. 

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Subjects in which PhDs are available

Find out more about research based in the School of Social Sciences:

Centre for the Study of Democracy (politics and international relations, sociology and criminology)

  • Contemporary democratic theory and practice
  • Critical international theory
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Governance, complexity, resilience
  • Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
  • Security, violence and justice
  • Social and cultural lives


  • Stress, health and wellbeing
  • Learning and development
  • Brain, cognition and perception
  • Identity, self and society
  • Forensic and investigative psychology