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Applied Social Sciences

The Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences (RCASS) includes expertise in policy evaluation, youth, football and its communities, urban geography, criminology and multi-media journalism. We have a particularly strong reputation for the generation of economic and social benefits from our research and are amongst the top 10 UK universities for the quality of our impact.

We are one of the top 20 universities in the UK for applied social science research that challenges conventional views about our place in the world. 67% of research is rated internationally excellent or world leading and we provide an interdisciplinary home for critical research that has policy impacts at all levels.

Check if you meet our standard university entrance requirements for research degrees. For details on applying see our applications page. You will also find it helpful to consult the fees information for potential Home/EU and Overseas students.

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Self-funded Research Degree Opportunities

Unless a specific date is given, the self-funded opportunities are open throughout the year.

Submit your own idea for a Self-funded PhD

Self-funded research degree opportunities at Manchester School of Art are open throughout the year.

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