Research course

Distance Learning in Sociology

University of Leicester · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Applicants for the distance learning PhD in Sociology must meet the University's standard academic entry requirements (minimum 2:1) and English language requirements. As part of your application you will need to submit a good quality research proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

We have nearly twenty years' experience in supporting distance learning postgraduates.

Distance learning PhD candidates undertake a structured programme of research training, delivered entirely through a combination of module books and interactive tasks, readings, and discussion through the University's online virtual learning environment.

The training covers core skills including:

  • Requirements of the PhD degree and expectations for the thesis
  • Finding and reviewing academic literature
  • Formulating and refining research questions
  • Research ethics
  • Academic writing
  • Quantitative research and analysis
  • Qualitative research and analysis

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
48-84 months

Course contact details

Dept. Sociology
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2750
FAX: +44 (0)116 252 5259