Research course

Sociology (including Criminology & Media Studies)

City, University of London · School of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should, at a minimum, have an Upper Second Class undergraduate degree plus a merit in a Masters degree in an academic discipline related to the proposed research topic. We will also accept the overseas equivalent of UK qualifications. In exceptional cases, professional qualifications and experience in the proposed research area may compensate for the lack of a Master's degree, or a grade below that specified above.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Sociology has a vibrant research culture and welcomes suitably qualified applicants with original research topics for its PhD programme. We are one of the leading sociology departments in London and we have an impressive track record of seeing our students through to successful completion. Our PhD programme attracts students from a variety of geographical locations, meaning that you are part of a cosmopolitan research community. The programme is intended to produce scholars who have the analytical and methodological skills to design independent research projects, generate publications that advance substantive and theoretical knowledge and understanding and who are able to teach at university level. The substantive and methodological nature of the PhD programme, the diverse research interests of staff members and our London location have resulted in the completion of a range of innovative disciplinary and inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertations.

We are particularly interested in applications from students who wish to carry out research in the areas of: new media and the digital society; trends and developments in global news-media; media, campaigning and social change; crime and criminality; crime and popular culture; policing, criminal justice and crime prevention; victimology; contemporary social theory; gender, sexualities and social change; work, employment and socio-economic change; youth studies and cultural studies.

Fees and funding

  • Full-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000 per year

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Doctoral Admissions
+44 (0)20 7040 8504