Research course

Science Studies

Lancaster University · Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject, including Sociology, Geography, Philosophy, Linguistics, Anthropology, Science or Engineering, and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Students doing a PhD in Science Studies join the Department of Sociology’s international, interdisciplinary community of over 80 research students working on PhDs in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Media and Cultural Studies and Applied Social Science.

We offer supervision for PhDs in all of our areas of expertise regarding cultural imaginaries and material practices of science and technology, including policy analysis, new genetic technologies, environment, health and medicine, and information and communications technologies. You will be assigned PhD supervisors (normally two) whose current active research interests and expertise matches your chosen topic. Close working relations are enjoyed with other departments at Lancaster, and in many cases there is cross-departmental supervision.

Department specialisms

Lancaster’s Sociology Department is well known for its leading role in developing social theory by applying it to substantive research topics such as gender, media, cultural studies, science and technology studies, environmental change, political economy, mobilities, social work, disability studies and social welfare policy and doing so in a way which is open to other disciplines.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48-60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148
+44 (0)1524 592475