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University of Kent: Philanthropic Studies - PhD

Institution University of Kent View institution profile
Department School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research View department profile
Study type Research


A doctoral programme in Philanthropic Studies at a leading centre of philanthropy research, teaching and public engagement. Scholars are supervised by academics with a background in practice.

Overview There is no better time to begin a PhD in Philanthropic Studies, and no better place to do it than with the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent.

The academic field of Philanthropic Studies has grown rapidly in recent years, with demand for qualified PhD graduates outstripping current supply.

Whether you hope to embark on a research career, a teaching career, or wish to remain in practice as a philanthropy professional after completing a doctoral thesis, we can help you achieve your goals.

Our qualified PhD supervisors at Kent have a background in practice before moving into academia. All of our completed doctoral students have secured jobs that make use of their doctoral qualification.

Whilst we have a preference for those able to commit to full-time doctoral study, we can supervise people based anywhere in the world, and are open to exploring proposals from part-time candidates.

The team at Kent is led by Dr Beth Breeze - author of the annual ‘Million Pound Donor Report’, co-author of Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give, and frequent contributor to charity sector and media debates.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

University of Kent
Tizard Centre
Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice 

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research – The Tizard Centre
The University of Kent is outward looking and forward-thinking, with outstanding academic staff, excellent facilities, networking opportunities, safe and welcoming study locations and award-winning student support. Our interdisciplinary programmes are designed to help you sharpen your focus and take a step up in your career

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
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