Research course


Newcastle University · School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our research expertise centres around three themes: Identities, the Sociology of Health and Life Sciences and Social Transformations. Our research tradition covers sociology, social policy and social anthropology. We have strengths in the fields of family studies, health studies, political economy, sexuality, citizenship, and youth and student lives.
Our MPhil and PhD projects cover a wide spectrum of contemporary sociology including:
  • bodies, identities and experiences
  • culture and material life
  • 'development' and the global south
  • emotions and intimacy
  • environment and society
  • imagining pasts and futures
  • sexualities and gender
  • sociology of ethics
  • sociologies of health and life sciences
  • sociology of law
  • visual and aesthetic cultures.
Each of these themes represents the expertise of a member of staff actively engaged in sociological research.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 8 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Jenny Dawley, Postgraduate Secretary, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
+44 (0) 191 208 5200