The Sociology PhD programme provides the context and guidance for original investigations culminating in the preparation of a thesis which represents an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

Am I eligible for provisional enrolment?

To be eligible you need a good academic record and the agreement of two supervisors. The senior supervisor must be from within the Sociology programme but the co-supervisor can be located in another school or organisation. Once supervision has been arranged, you can apply for enrolment at any time during the year.

Research areas

If you plan to enrol for a PhD thesis you will need to identify your personal research interests. Wide-ranging themes have characterised social science research in the school to date, and past and present research topics can be a useful guide.

The current research interests of relevant staff are also a useful starting point when you are choosing your topic and area of interest, and when you are ready to identify suitable supervisors.

Future prospects with a PhD in Sociology or Anthropology

An advanced Sociology or Anthropology degree can lead to

  • leadership and management roles in business, not-for-profit agencies and government
  • Sociologists with advanced degrees also work as research analysts, survey researchers, gerontologists, statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists and demographers
  • some obtain specialised training to become counsellors, therapists, or programme directors in social service agencies
  • some sociologists move into practice-orientated work in a range of organisations from research foundations to the Arts Council and local government, the arts and culture industries and publishing
  • others work as social researchers in applied areas like heath or urban regeneration
  • Sociologists also teach in colleges and universities, advise students, and conduct and publish their research.