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The PhD

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 you are encouraged to take research methods courses offered by the Department and the Social Science Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) to build the methodological grounding of your 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.


"When I arrived at the Sociology department in Cambridge I found world-class researchers, curious classmates, and stimulating discussions during seminars. I also was so happy to find a close-knit community in the department where everyone is really friendly and helpful." -Rijak Grover (PhD candidate)

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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.

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Dr Mónica Moreno-Figueroa, Pilkington Teaching Prize Winner and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, explains why it is important to study Sociology and how she helps her students to engage with the course at Cambridge.

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