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Sociology, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #242 (QS) Paris, France
The doctoral program in sociology trains excellent sociologists for both academic and university careers, as well as careers as experts in major public and private organizations and NGOs.
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The doctoral program in sociology, with substantial support from two major Sciences Po laboratories (the Centre for the Sociology of Organizations and the Sociological Observatory of Change), and et The Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), is designed to provide:

  • the theoretical foundations and most recent developments in international sociological analysis;
  • opportunities to specialize in fields of sociology: public policy, consumption, culture, education, employment, exclusion, markets, risks and health, segregation, stratification, social uses of time, cities, etc.;
  • deep, high-level quantitative and qualitative methodological work  based on fieldwork and data, with the support of leading experts;
  • an international and comparative scope of training;
  • tailored support at the research centers from a strongly committed and internationally recognized academic team.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

During the next three years PhD students are mentored and included in the research centres, where they take part in the research, and participate in three seminars:

  • "Current trends in sociology research" provides a thematic overview of contemporary sociology research with prominent contemporary authors;
  • a specialty seminar organised by the research centre allows students to regularly present work;
  • workshops on advanced methods.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

The PhD application is open to students with a Master's degree, a postgraduate degree (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies - DEA) or an equivalent degree.  There must be a fit between the candidate's university studies and the discipline of the requested doctoral programme.  For the record, the IEP awards PhDs in law, history, political science, economics, and sociology. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Tuition Fees

For all students admitted to the PhD programme at the “Thesis” level, the annual fee for the 2016/2017 academic year is 391 euros, irrespective of tax residency.

In order to make Sciences Po accessible to all to promote academic success, Sciences Po offers many types of financial aid.

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