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MPhil in Sociology

The MPhil in Sociology (course code HUSCM2) offers a world-class programme of postgraduate study. The course provides high-quality students, who already have a degree in a social science, with an in-depth knowledge of the key dimensions of sociology.

The overall aim of the Sociology MPhil is to provide you with an opportunity to study recent social change at an advanced level. It will enable you to combine your knowledge with an understanding of theory and research methods. This course will prepare you for research at doctoral level or its equivalent in other professional contexts.

The MPhil is organised into four different pathways to allow you the opportunity to study selected sociological subjects in depth.  You can find out more information about each track, and how to apply, using the links below. The pathways are:

What’s in it for you?

  • It offers you the opportunity to develop your analytic and writing abilities to your full potential
  • By maintaining a close relationship between teaching and research you will receive an education which reflects developments in your chosen discipline
  • You will develop your ability to use diverse sources of information with efficiency and speed appropriate to your particular level of study
  • The course will help you develop analytical abilities and writing skills which will enable you to make a significant contribution to your chosen career.

On completion of the course you will have:

  • An advanced understanding of current research in specific areas
  • Independent research skills and experience of putting them into practice
  • An ability to apply modern social theories to substantive research topics.

Application information

Applications are made via the Postgraduate Admissions website, simply search for "Sociology" in the Course Directory.

The Department of Sociology operates a “gathered field” admissions process in which applications are collected and processed in three rounds. All applicants are encouraged to apply early, if possible, as the availability of supervisors will decrease from round to round as places are awarded.


Deadlines for applications

Postgraduate Funding Competition

Outcomes of applications

1st Round

3 Dec 2020


Late Jan/Early Feb

2nd Round

24 Feb 2021


Late Apr/Early May

3rd Round

30 Apr 2021


Late May/Early Jun

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Sociology puts first-round applicants forward for the "Postgraduate Funding Competition", which comprises of a number of sources of funding including the ESRC, Gates, Cambridge and Wellcome Trusts. Applications entered before 3 Dec 2020 can indicate that they wish to be considered for the "Postgraduate Funding Competition" in their application form.

Applicants can search for other funding sources through the Postgraduate Admissions Website search tool, as well as the webpages of their chosen college.


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MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society

The MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society is a full-time one year course run jointly by the Departments of History and Philosophy of Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology.

It introduces students from a range of backgrounds to research skills and specialist knowledge relevant to their research interests, and provides them with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by senior members of the University. Students will develop a critical and well-informed understanding of discourses of history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine, and those intending to go on to doctoral work will learn the skills needed to help them prepare a well-planned and focused PhD proposal.

This course is administered by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. For more information, and to apply for this course, visit the Graduate Admissions website.