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Prospective PhDs

PHD in Sociology

The PhD in Sociology (course code HUSC21) offers a world-class programme of research study in sociology supervised by world renowned experts in their fields. PhDs do nine terms (three years) of research and one year of writing up the thesis. The PhD can also be studied part-time.

In the first year students are encouraged to do research methods courses offered by the Department and also the Social Science Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) to build the methodological grounding of their individual research projects. The Department also offers a programme of seminars covering transferable skills such as academic writing, presentation skills and in-depth information about how to progress the PhD and the academic career. PhD students are supported by their supervisor and a faculty adviser.

What you can do with your PhD

Students who complete graduate programmes in Sociology have the opportunity to develop the analytical and writing skills to help them succeed in academia but also in careers such as health and social care, marketing and public relations, politics, and education, amongst others. See our alumni page for careers our postgraduates enter.