Department of Sociology

Research degrees

Work with world-leading scholars

You work closely with our academics who have their finger on the pulse of modern society, in an exciting and active research environment.

We offer unique training and supervision that stretches across Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asian sub-continent - all from a department ranked among the top 40 in the QS World University Rankings (2018).

Our courses give you research method skills and with rare first-hand access to national research data and resources in our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and UK Data Archive, you can analyse real data for your work.

We offer two routes to our research degrees in sociology and criminology:

  • PhD by research: If you have a strong background in sociology and a well-formulated research proposal.
  • Integrated PhD: In your first year, you follow one of our courses which provides Masters-level research training, followed by three years of supervised research.
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Why choose us?
  • Ranked among the top 40 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018).
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Top 25 for Sociology (TGUG 2018).
Apply for a CHASE studentship

The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), is one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the AHRC in the UK and offers a world-leading environment for doctoral research and education.

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"The Department provides a wonderful, friendly environment for postgraduate study and research. I enjoyed the variety of activities such as attending insightful conferences."
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Expert supervision

Our research covers a range of areas:

  • criminology and social justice
  • culture and media
  • economic sociology
  • ethnicity and migration
  • citizenship and human rights
  • intimacy and gender
  • science in society
  • social theory and methodology
  • survey methodology.

If you'd like to carry out research in a different area, let us know.