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Department of Sociology


The Department of Sociology offers two postgraduate courses, the MPhil in Sociology and the PhD in Sociology.

We host a lively community of approximately 40 MPhil and 90 PhD students. Our postgraduates receive world-class tuition to develop and refine their research skills, as well as opportunities to form connections and establish a unique network of academic colleagues.

Students are supported throughout their degree by their supervisor, leading academics in the field, and the Postgraduate Administration team. In addition to our teaching, the Department offers lecture series, seminars and events with invited speakers, and participation in research groups in a wide range of sociological subjects.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is ranked first for Sociology in the Guardian's Best Universities league table and first for Sociology in the Complete University Guide League Table 2024. And the QS World University rankings list our departments as 2nd out of over 500 Sociology Departments across the world in 2023.

The MPhil

The MPhil in Sociology is a world class part-taught, part-research degree that culminates in a Master's dissertation. Students apply to one of three different pathways and develop expertise in a particular area of sociology. 

Study duration: 9 months full-time, 21 months part-time

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The PhD

The PhD in Sociology offers a world class programme of doctoral study supervised by leading experts in their fields. PhD candidates typically spend nine terms (three years) on research and one year on writing up their thesis.

Study duration: 3-4 years full-time or 5-7 years part-time

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