Research course


University of York · Department of Sociology

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Entry requirements

Normally, you will have a good undergraduate degree in a social science discipline, or in a discipline related to the research area in which you intend to work.

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
  • TOEFL 87, minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate or taught masters degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The Department of Sociology at York is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Our publications are rated as internationally world leading and the impact of our research has the highest possible rating. We encourage PhD and MPhil applicants from all over the world to join us in one of the best Departments for sociological research in the UK.

Recent research themes

  • Digital culture industry : A History of digital distribution
  • The ethical dimensions of a new media age : a study in contemporary responsibility
  • Vaccines against vice: A constructive technology assessment of immunotherapies for addiction
  • Risk and socio-techynical system: A study of the Taiwanese campus accident reporting system
  • Communicating offline protest online: mapping changes in mobilization, identity building and organisation.
  • Late License: contempoary adulthood and the night time leisure economy
  • Life in a northern town: call centres, labour markets and identity in post-industrial Middlesbrough
  • Work and its other: A multiple purpose analysis of incapacity benefit reform
  • Contemporary Chinese migration : exploring the experiences of middle-class Chinese families living in England in the early 21st Century
  • Experts in the wild: natural history film-making as a culture of knowledge-production
  • From risk to reason: understanding young people’s perception of HIV risk in South Africa
  • Home and away: a sociological study of transnational intimate relationships
  • Modes of lay environmental monitoring: towards a sociology of environmental monitoring
  • Online @ home in retirement: situating computer and internet use within bodies, spaces and biographies
  • Talking of transcendence: a discursive exploration into how people make sense of their extraordinary expepriences
  • Wired for sound : on the digitalisation of music and music culture
  • Translating molecular diagnostics : innovation, communication and the dynamics of clinical implementation
  • Speaking of spirits: representations and experiences of the spirit world in British spirit mediumship
  • Medicine : its meaning, management & value
  • Talking about violence: women reporting abuse in Brasil
  • Understanding Internet Governance

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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