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Department of Sociology

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The Department welcomes applications for part-time PhD studies from candidates wanting to further their academic abilities whilst remaining in employment.

Part-time PhD study is a five-year commitment spanning 15 Cambridge terms. Applicants interested in part-time study must approach potential supervisors in advance of applying, and secure informal confirmation that the academic is willing to supervise for this extended period of study.  Applicants must check the relevant box for "part-time study" on the Applicant Portal, as well as naming their potential supervisor. Applications without a named supervisor will not be reviewed.

During the admissions process, part-time applicants will be interviewed by the potential supervisor and one other academic, typically the Director of Postgraduate Education, to assess whether

  • the proposed research is feasible for part-time study
  • the applicant is able to sustain a part-time approach to study
  • the applicant has funding for five years
  • the applicant will be able to fulfill attendance requirements

An offer of a place is given based on an individual five-year research plan which sets out your attendance requirements for training and seminars, frequency of supervisions and progress stages.

For residence and visa requirements, please check the Part-time Postgraduate Study Guide.

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