Research course

Distance Learning in Sociology

University of Leicester · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

PhD and MPhil applicants must hold one of the following:

  • a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours
  • an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution

The undergraduate qualification should normally be in a subject relevant to the subject of the PhD/MPhil.

Research degrees are demanding and intensive programmes. To succeed at this level, applicants must be highly motivated, be able to work independently and as part as part of a team, be able to plan and manage their own work, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques.

In some cases - and particularly for funded studentships - applicants must also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The distance learning PhD is ideal for those who are based away from Leicester or who want to combine working for a research degree with their professional and personal commitments.

Our distance learning PhDs offer a more flexible way to study for a research degree - allowing you to undertake a University of Leicester PhD wherever you are based in the world.

As with the campus based PhD, you will undertake a substantial research project that is written up as a thesis of 80,000 words and defended in an oral exam (the viva voce).

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £19,070
International students
Total: EU £19,070 Non EU £22,830

Please see the postgraduate funding page.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
48-84 months

Course contact details

Dept. Sociology