Post-Graduate Research Opportunities

We offer opportunities to study at MPhil/PhD level within our specialist research centre which was established in 2009.

The Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities (RCfCFC) is a research intensive Centre which made a central contribution to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The RCfCFC has an extremely strong research culture and offers a wide range of research opportunities. We embrace an holistic, cross disciplinary approach to high-quality research, with a focus on a commitment to enhance the lives and life chances of children, young people, families and communities.  


We welcome application for MPhil/PhD studies in 'Contemporary Studies in Childhood, Youth and Parenthood'.

MPhil/PhD Supervisors

  • Dr Ruth Rogers
    • Exclusion and young people on the margins;
    • Adoption and looked after children;
    • Unemployment, poverty and social exclusion (including social regeneration).
  • Professor Sacha Powell
    • Policies and provision nationally and internationally for early childhood education and care (birth to three);
    • Critical & interpretative research perspectives;
    • Exploratory applications in research and practice of ecological systems theory.
  • Professor Kathy Goouch
    • National and international contexts for professionalism and professional development in the early years of education and care;
    • Contexts for learning in early childhood education and care;
    • Theories and practices of early literacy dveleopment and learning.
  • Dr Sarah Christie
    • Social support and motherhood;
    • The impact of motherhood on women's lives;
    • Motherhood and society.
  • Mrs Joanna Apps
    • Models and 'measurement' of family wellbeing;
    • School-parent communication and partnerships;
    • Social and ethnic inequalities in familiy and child outcomes.

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors in the Centre and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

How to apply

For further details including information on how to apply, please visit the Graduate School.

Further information

Please contact Dr Ruth Rogers.

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