Research course


The University of Manchester · Sociology

Entry requirements

  • A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent); and
  • A relevant Master's degree, with a minimum average grade of 65% in both the course units and your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The PhD is Sociology is a three year full-time (six years part-time) programme. You will examine an important societal challenge of your choice, supervised by a member of staff who is an expert in their specialised area of research.

Our staff are experts, often internationally renowned, in a variety of key areas of sociology, and centres such as the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI).

We provide a wealth of opportunities for postgraduate researchers. Some of our main research themes include:

  • Sociological theory;
  • Research methods;
  • Cultural and media studies;
  • Sociology of gender;
  • Feminist movements;
  • Sociology of consumption;
  • Sociology of language and discourse;
  • Sociology of economic life; and
  • Labour markets and educational attainment.

Recent PhDs have included topics as diverse as internet use in Iran, branding in AIDs awareness advertising, and how class differences affect access to higher education.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

The PhD programme enables students to work under the supervision of a panel of supervisors with particular expertise in the research topic area.

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences