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Humanities & Social Science Research

Welcome to the Institute of Humanities & Social Science Research

Humanities & Social Science Research


Humanities & Social Science Research (HSSR) brings together researchers and research students from four different Faculties (Humanities, Languages & Social Science, Science & Engineering, Business & Law and MMU Cheshire) although its main base remains in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HLSS).


Members of HSSR are working across eight research areas:
EnglishHistoryHuman GeographyInformation & CommunicationsLanguages & LinguisticsPhilosophyPolitics & Sociology.


HSSR is home to several specialist Research Centres:

The Centre of Research in English (CORE)
The Centre of Research in Libraries, Information and Media (CERLIM)
The Politics Research Group (PRG)
The European Philosophy Group (EPG)
The Manchester Centre for Regional History (MCRH)
The Centre for Transitions in Society and Space (CTSS)

We are also currently developing new interdisciplinary Research Clusters and Centres including:

The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies
Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities
The Sport and Leisure History Cluster (SpLeisH)
The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies
FLAME (Film, Languages And Media in Education) Research Centre


HSSR also hosts the following independent research units:

Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU)
MYPLACE – Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement

Alongside its vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers the Institute convenes its own Graduate School, offering Research Degrees (PhD, MPhil and MA by Research) in all the above-listed disciplines.

Further details on the individual subject groups can be found by clicking the links in the menu on this page.

The Director of the Institute is Professor Berthold Schoene.


Doctoral Studentships

The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) at Manchester Metropolitan University invites high-quality applications for PhD studentships in History, Philosophy, Creative Writing, Library and Museum Studies, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Cultural Studies, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Persian and Arabic.

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