Research Degrees in

Public Services

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Opportunities are available to study for the degrees of MA by Research and PhD on a full or part-time basis and by distance learning.
The Public Services section is at the forefront of research and teaching on the governance, management and delivery of services in the public and private sector and civil society. The team’s expertise includes public sector management, housing policy, community and civil society service delivery and crisis and disaster planning.

Topic areas include:

  • Public Policy and management; sustainability and regeneration; governance frameworks and concepts
  • Social housing, regeneration, community engagement, community development, and user involvement; anti-poverty strategies, development of neighbourhood services, demonstrating social value and use of arts in community work
  • British education policy; ethics and public administration
  • Emergency and disaster planning/management


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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