Postgraduate study

The Institute specialises in the production and analysis of longitudinal data – evidence which tracks changes in the lives of the same individuals over time. There are approximately 45 full-time researchers – including economists, epidemiologists, and demographers, social policy analysts, sociologists and survey methodologists – analysing links between individuals’ life events, employment conditions, behaviour and values over the life course and through successive generations.

ISER is home to three major research programmes:

  • MiSoC, the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change
  • Understanding Society, The UK Household Longitudinal Study
  • CeMPA, a world-leading centre for research on distributional analysis and microsimulation in the social sciences

We also carry out research for other agencies, including UK and other national government departments, the EU and commercial organisations.

ISER has close links with other departments in the University. We run Master’s degrees jointly with the Departments of Sociology and Economics in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and with the School of Health & Social Care.