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ISER is part of the SeNSS Doctoral Training Centre Partnership, one of 14 DTPs, approved by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Research Degrees

We offer the following research degrees:

PhD in Health Research

This PhD program is aimed at students with a strong interest in quantitative health research. We offer supervision in a wide range of topics under the broad umbrella of social epidemiology. These include social inequalities in health, poverty and health, ethnic variations in health, child health and development, inter-generational processes, and ageing and health. We especially welcome students interested in health research using panel or cohort surveys such as the British Household Panel Survey, Understanding Society, and the UK Millennium Cohort Study.

PhD in Economics

This PhD program is targeted at students who are interested in applied micro-economics and micro-econometrics and plan to use socio-economic survey data for their research. We offer supervision in a wide range of fields: economics of the family; education; migration; labour markets; retirement and pension; health economics; inequality, poverty and income distribution; public policy; ethnicity, etc. Given our extensive experience in analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, we also welcome students interested in panel data and survival analysis, missing data, measurement error, endogeneity and other estimation issues.

PhD in Applied Social and Economic Research

This PhD program is targeted at students who are interested in quantitative research in sociology and other social sciences. The PhD would involve the use of secondary data to answer socially relevant research questions. We offer supervision in a wide range of fields: social stratification, social class and other forms of disadvantage; social behaviour, beliefs and values; occupational choice and mobility; migration; social change; life cycle and biography; social group identity; sociology of education; family and socialization; etc.

PhD in Survey Methodology

This PhD program is targeted at students with a strong interest in quantitative survey methodology. We offer supervision in a wide range of topics including sampling, weighting, non-response, response maximisation techniques, mode effects, data linkage and measurement error. 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.

Download our poster about Survey Methodology courses (pdf)

For more detail on the areas in which we offer supervision, see our staff profiles and our list of available supervisors

Why ISER

Supervision and teaching from leading academics

Funding

Fully-funded studentships through our Doctoral Training Centre

How to apply

A step by step guide