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PhD in Sociology (2020 Entry)

Group of sociology students



  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years


The PhD in Sociology offers a broad span of research areas and expertise. From gender and sexuality to markets and capitalism, Warwick's Sociology department, ranked 6th in the UK, has an active and exciting research culture where you will receive specialist training.


The doctoral programme in Sociology provides access to a vibrant and welcoming community of international researchers and supports you in developing your independent sociological research project. As well as being part of an active and exciting research culture, you will receive specialist training in undertaking doctoral study at the beginning of your course and dedicated and expert supervision throughout.

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Research within our department covers a broad span of the discipline and is organised into three main themes: Economy, Technology, Expertise; Inequalities and Social Change; Justice, Authority and the Geopolitical. The Department hosts the Social Research Centre and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender.

We have considerable expertise in areas such as: gender and sexuality studies; social and cultural theory; race and racism; migration; ethnicity; criminology; work and employment; political sociology; bioscience; markets and capitalism; media; health; emotion; education; religion; family; methodologies.


All first year PhD students undertake a two-term course called Research Process and Research Design; provided by the Department this course supports students with the fundamentals of PhD study and life and prepares them for their upgrade from MPhil to PhD. All doctoral students have access to dedicated PhD study rooms with computers and printers.


Entry requirements A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Sociology or a related subject; a strong research proposal

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

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