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PhD Sociology
Examine a societal challenge of your choice under experts in a range of sociological methods.

PhD Sociology / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
36 months full-time
Entry requirements

Candidates MUST normally have;

Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and

  • Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) from social science backgrounds (eg sociology, social anthropology, and political science) and with preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Tier 4 Student Visa -  International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the student visa advice and guidance.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information:

  • There is NO application fee.
  • Supporting documents which MUST be provided along with an on-line application are: two academic reference letters, Degree transcripts and certificates, CV, Research Proposal, English language evidence (eg IELTS) if candidate is not from a majority English language speaking country. Please note that the English language evidence may be submitted after application.

Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and it is part of the application process that we seek suitable supervision for candidates. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants. We strongly advise candidates to read the webpages of the staff or group in whose discipline they intend to specialise and to read some of their publications BEFORE applying. You may conduct a keyword search via the Social Sciences home page to identify potential supervisors/research areas.

Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.

When submitting a research proposal with your application please follow the guidelines carefully

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

PhD students are supervised by a member of staff who is an expert in their area of research or co-supervised with another supervisor if other areas of expertise are required. Our staff are experts, often internationally renowned, in a wide range of key areas of sociology, and centres such as the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) and Methods@Manchester, provide a wealth of opportunities for postgraduate researchers. Some of our main research themes include: sociological theory, research methods, cultural and media studies, sociology of gender, feminist movements, sociology of consumption, sociology of language and discourse, sociology of economic life, labour markets and educational attainment. Recent PhDs have included topics as diverse as internet use in Iran, branding in AIDs awareness advertising, and how class differences affect access to higher education.

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,000

Scholarships/sponsorships

Funding application deadline  - for those who wish to be considered for funding, either from the School or the ESRC, you must have submitted a complete on-line programme application form by 1 December 2017.   Further changes to your proposal may be allowed after this date if your application is shortlisted.  

Please see the School's funding page for further information (please note that the School's funding web page is not fully updated yet.  Any queries, please email vicky.barnes@manchester.ac.uk )

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4743
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/sociology
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