Sampling and non-sampling issues using cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys

PhD in Survey Methodology

This PhD programme is targeted at students with a strong interest in quantitative survey methodology. We especially welcome students interested in research on sampling and non-sampling issues using cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys such as the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society.

ISER offers a friendly, stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment where students are active members. Students participate in of one or more of our six research groups. You will have access to excellent research facilities and equipment. ISER researchers have contributed to the top 5 economic and top 20 sociology rankings for the university in the past REF (REF 2014). ISER is home to three major research centres and surveys: ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change (MiSoC); EUROMOD (a tax-benefit microsimulation project); and Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study (Understanding Society).

In 2017 ISER was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This prize recognises our international reputation as world-leading social science researchers.

Application deadlines:

Applications are accepted throughout the year, however most students start in October with some starting in January. Funders may dictate start dates, so please check the guidelines when applying.

If you are interested in making an application for this PhD contact potential academic supervisors as no application will be processed without a confirmed supervisor.

Research areas:

sampling, weighting, non-response, response maximisation techniques, mode effects, data linkage and measurement error.


Tarek Al Baghal; Jonathan Burton; Paul Clarke; Laura Fumagalli; Annette Jäckle; Olena Kaminska; Gundi Knies; Peter Lynn; Jaime Moore; Carla Xena

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Colchester Campus


Home/EU: £5,103 (FT)
International: £15,460 (FT)


Home/EU: £5,103 (FT)
International: £15,460 (FT)


Taught and research degrees


Supervision and teaching from leading academics


Fully-funded studentships through our Doctoral Training Centre

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