Research course


University of Bristol · School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master's qualification (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This degree provides an opportunity to develop your own research expertise by studying a sociological issue in an interdisciplinary school. You will study with internationally renowned sociologists in a dynamic and supportive research environment. They are involved in funded research, research centres and groups looking at everything from digital economies and futures, food security, and integration, to music festivals, migration, modern slavery and social inequalities. Our staff also have particular expertise across a range of cultural and social theory and champion diverse research methodologies.

You will join an international community of students working in a range of sociological areas. You will be assigned two PhD supervisors whose current active research interests and expertise are relevant to your chosen research area.

We are committed to rigorous conceptual and empirical research that is politically and socially relevant and problem-orientated. We aim to advance theory, knowledge and methods at the cutting edge of Sociology. Our aim is not just to monitor the social world but to contribute to a better understanding and to ways that might improve it.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) website.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Student Administrator
+44 (0) 117 331 7572