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Department of Sociology

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

We host a lively community of approximately 30 MPhil and 85 PhD students. Postgraduate students have access to in-house computing facilities and a spacious study area with a shared kitchen. The specialised SPS Library (Sociology, Land Economy) is housed nearby at the New Museums site.

The Department offers lectures, seminars (with invited speakers) and participation in research clusters in a wide range of sociological subjects.

The MPhil

The MPhil in Sociology offers a world-class programme of postgraduate study. It's organised into four different pathways to give students the opportunity to study selected sociological subjects in depth.

Study duration: 9 months full-time

The PhD

The PhD in Sociology offers a world-class programme of research study supervised by world renowned experts in their fields. PhD candidates do nine terms (three years) of research and one year of writing up the thesis. The PhD can also be studied part-time.

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

Ask A Student

If you are thinking about studying Sociology at Cambridge, and have any questions about life at Cambridge as a student, we can put you in touch with a current Sociology student (either undergrad or postgrad) who can answer your questions.

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A World Leader

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for teaching and research in Sociology, consistently ranked first in UK league tables by The Guardian, The Times, and the Independent.