Research course


University of Surrey · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold at least an upper second-class honours degree in sociology or a related discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Months of entry

January, April, July

Course content

Boasting an international reputation and a thriving academic environment, the Department of Sociology supervises PhDs in a wide range of subjects across sociology, criminology, digital media and communications and related areas.

We are proud to be ranked 6th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022 for sociology, and the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (Shanghai Ranking) 2021 puts sociology at Surrey in the top 100. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, our research quality overall has improved giving the Department a rank of 16th out of 37 on a key metric [Grade Point Average], one of the highest non-Russell Group institutions for our submission. In addition, we were 9th for research that is world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3* research combined). Our research environment has been ranked 11th for Sociology.

This reflects our strong postgraduate community, diverse research centres, research training activities, and funding successes. We're home to the following research centres:

  • Centre for Criminology
  • Centre for Research in Social Simulation
  • Centre for Research on Ageing and Generations
  • Sex, Gender and Sexualities
  • Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1483 682 222