Candidates MUST normally have;
Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
- Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) from social science backgrounds (eg sociology, social anthropology, and political science) and with preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
- Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
- All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.
Tier 4 Student Visa - International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the student visa advice and guidance.
Months of entry
PhD students are supervised by a member of staff who is an expert in their area of research or co-supervised with another supervisor if other areas of expertise are required. Our staff are experts, often internationally renowned, in a wide range of key areas of sociology, and centres such as the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) and Methods@Manchester, 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, 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.
Information for international students
- IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
- ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
- Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
- All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.
Scores are valid for 2 years.
For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.
Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID
Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Sessional English Courses:
If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).
The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
Funding application deadline - for those who wish to be considered for funding, either from the School or the ESRC, you must have submitted a complete on-line programme application form by 1 December 2017. Further changes to your proposal may be allowed after this date if your application is shortlisted.
- School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - 2018/2019
- School of Social Sciences - North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWSSDTP/ESRC) - Studentships - 2018
- School of Social Sciences - China Scholarship Council Joint Scholarship for PhD Study
- School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentship in Sociology (ESRC CASE - Friendship and Dementia: A Critical Approach) - January 2018
- School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - January 2018 start
Qualification and course duration
Further details of 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
- +44 (0)161 275 4743