Research course


Lancaster University · Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Lancaster’s Sociology Department is known for nurturing successive generations of outstanding sociologists. You will study with some of the most exciting sociological thinkers in the UK in a dynamic and supportive research environment. You will join an international and 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. 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.

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

In addition, you are encouraged to attend any relevant MA taught courses, please see our website for further information.

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


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

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