Self-funded PhD students only

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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

Entry Requirements

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

To make an enquiry or to discuss this project informally with Dr Tara Woodyer, call +44 (0)23 9284 2507 or email, quoting the project code GEOG1321015 and the project title.

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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