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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
Bachelor's degree: 2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science

Master's degree: a good Masters degree in Sociology or a related discipline.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements
As part of your application you will also need to provide a viable research proposal.

As part of your application you also need to provide an example of your written work (eg MA Coursework, article or research paper)

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

This degree provides an opportunity to develop your own research expertise in an interdisciplinary department. Our staff are involved with research centres and groups looking at everything from Social Futures and Inequalities to Disability, Mobilities and Migration, and the Political Economy. Our staff also have particular expertise in, for example, Actor Network Theory, Practice Theories, Cultural Studies and diverse methodologies.

You will study with some exciting sociological thinkers in a dynamic and supportive research environment. You will join an international and interdisciplinary community with students working on PhDs in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, and Applied Social Science. You will be assigned PhD supervisors (usually two), and consideration will be taken to match you with supervisor(s) whose current active research interests and expertise are relevent to your chosen topic. Close working relations are enjoyed with other departments at Lancaster, and in some cases there is cross-departmental supervision.

A programme of skills and dissertation workshops designed specifically for postgraduate students within the Sociology Department runs throughout the year.

In addition, you are encouraged to attend any relevant MA taught modules, but are not required to take any for credit as part of your degree.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with no individual element below 6.0) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sociology Admissions
+44 (0)1524 593148