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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: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Entry requirements

  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent); and
  • A relevant Master's degree, with a minimum average grade of 65% in both the course units and your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Programme overview

The PhD in Sociology is a three year full-time (six years part-time) programme. You will examine an important societal challenge of your choice, supervised by a member of staff who is an expert in their specialised area of research.

Our staff are experts, often internationally renowned, in a variety of key areas of sociology, and centres such as the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI).

We 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 economic life; and
  • Labour markets and educational attainment.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,327
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,163
    International students (per annum): £9,250

Scholarships/sponsorships

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool .

The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.

Contact details

School/Faculty
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
School/Faculty

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