The School of Social Science Postgraduate Conference is typically held annually, in November. In 2020, the Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organised and run by Higher Degree by Research (PhD and MPhil) students, the aim of the Conference is to showcase the work of our postgraduate students and create opportunities for discussion, debate and exchange across the four cognate disciplines of our school. 

The Conference is also an important forum for Honours students considering further Higher Degree by Research studies to display their recent work in poster form and hear about what postgraduate students are currently researching within the School.

There are two main components for showcasing student work:

1. Oral presentations – 10-minute presentations by HDR students, followed by a 30-minute Q&A with all presenters in the session (longer presentations can also be arranged).

2. Posters presentations – Printed posters by Honours students that are displayed in the foyer of the Postgraduate Conference venue.

The Postgraduate Conference also displays entries to the School of Social Science annual Postgraduate Photo Competition, with winners announced on the day, and features a panel discussion on issues of interest to HDR students.

Prizes are awarded to the best paper presented in each session and to the best Honours poster.