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School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature

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On this PhD programme, supervised by Dr Tara Woodyer, you'll develop research that explores how play can be used as a tool for understanding or making changes to the world around us.

We're particularly interested in research that adopts a qualitative approach to this research theme.

Your research project could involve:

  • Exploring how individuals or collectives, of any age, use play as a way of making sense of a particular aspect of the world around them
  • Exploring how individuals or collectives, of any age, use play as a way of thinking about how society might be structured or function differently
  • Using creative methodologies or modes of presentation

Fees and funding

Visit the research subject area page for fees and funding information for this project.

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only. 

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).

Bench fees

Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • All applicants are subject to interview

Make an enquiry

Applicants interested in applying for research funding should contact the supervisor to discuss available opportunities, before submitting an application.

How to apply

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Geography (Physical and Human) PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.