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Sociology Seminar

PHD in Sociology

The PhD in Sociology (course code HUSC21) offers a world-class programme of research study in sociology supervised by experts in their respective fields.

In the first year you are encouraged to take research methods courses offered by the Department and the Social Science Research Methods Programme (SSRMP) 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.

The Programme

The course aims to provide all students with the skills they need to be professional researchers and academics. There is an organised programme of courses for first-year PhD students, which has three major components:

  • Basic academic and research skills, designed to provide the essential tools of academic work
  • The core training programme, which covers issues of social science research in general
  • Issues of research specific to particular disciplines or areas of interest, and research design, including the integration of methodological, theoretical and substantive issues

The standard period for PhDs is 3-4 years full-time or 5 years part-time. Part-time PhD studies are possible for home/EU students only.

Meet our Candidates

Rebwar Salih

Rijak Grover 200

Rijak Grover

Amarpreet Kaur

Jennifer Chisholm

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.

Application information

Applications are made via the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications open 1 Sept 2020
Application deadline 30 April 2021
Course Starts 1 Oct 2021

Applications are reviewed in batches across the year. Prospective students will receive the outcome of their application before the end of May 2021.

Funding Opportunities

The Department of Sociology puts applicants forward for a number of sources of funding including the ESRC, Gates, Cambridge Trusts and Wellcome. Entries received before the Funding Deadline (3 Dec 2020) will be considered for the Postgraduate Funding Competition.


For course enquiries, please contact

Application page

How to Apply

Visit the Cambridge Graduate Admissions website for more information on making your application, as well as finding out about funding opportunities.