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There is a strong culture of research activity in the Department of Social Studies and Counselling, which informs academic teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We welcome enquiries from potential PhD students who would like to research with us.
There is an active research culture in the department with regular research seminars at which staff and postgraduate research students present their most recent work.
Staff are engaged in research of both national and international significance and are also involved in publication, peer review, professional practice, postgraduate training and Knowledge Transfer activities. A number of PhD students supervised by Social Studies and Counselling staff also contribute to the vibrant research culture of the department and are usually offered both teaching and publication opportunities.
There is an active research culture in the department with regular research seminars at which staff and postgraduate research students present their most recent work. Research and scholarship has developed and flourished around a number of key areas in the department: Criminology; Sociology, Health and Social Policy; International Development; Political Communications; Counselling and Trauma.
For further information on individual staff member's research interests and supervisory availability, please see the staff pages.
The department also publishes a series of books under the umbrella Issues in the Social Sciences with University of Chester Press. These themed volumes are published annually and are based on the yearly departmental conference attended by staff and students, which engages with contemporary debates in an accessible style. Qualified postgraduate research students in the department may be offered the opportunity to co-edit one of these books in conjunction with an experienced member of staff.