Entry requirements

Applicants usually hold at least an upper second-class honours degree in sociology or a related discipline. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Department of Sociology has an international reputation for both research and teaching, and was ranked in the top 12 sociology departments in the UK for world-leading research by the latest REF exercise. We are also in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 top 5 for sociology. These external ratings reflect the high quality of our research, our publications and our academic environment.
We welcome applications from prospective doctoral students in a wide range of subject areas.
Doctoral students are supported through a carefully designed programme of regular postgraduate day schools and monthly professional seminars, and may be directed to take relevant modules from the MSc Social Research Methods – or, if appropriate, from the MSc Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research – during their first year of study. They can attend in-house day courses in social research (about 20 per year) and the extensive range of courses run by the Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) Networking Project.

Department specialisms

Sociology of Health and Illness; Criminal Justice and Deviance; Methodology of Social Research; Race and Ethnicity; Ageing and Gender; Sociology of Sleep; New Media and Communications Technology; Environmental Sociology; Childhood and Youth; Popular Culture

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 7.0 or above.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Faculty Studentship Opportunities
Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.
ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre studentship opportunities
The South East DTC offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study sociology, politics, psychology or related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 509