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Sociology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

Our staff are experts, often internationally renowned, in a wide range of key areas of sociology, and centres such as the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) and Methods@Manchester, provide a wealth of opportunities for postgraduate researchers.

Some of our main research themes include: sociological theory, research methods, cultural and media studies, sociology of gender, feminist movements, sociology of consumption, sociology of language and discourse, sociology of economic life, labour markets and educational attainment.

Recent PhDs have included topics as diverse as internet use in Iran, branding in AIDs awareness advertising, and how class differences affect access to higher education.

Career opportunities

MPhil candidates often progress to PhD. Typical first destinations at the end of the programme include lectureships, research posts, senior administrative positions in local government, NHS and educational institutions, homeworking and trade union and union linked positions. 

There is increasing need for well trained social scientists who are able to apply advanced methods of analysis to complex data.

These skills are in short supply and graduates of the Social Research Methods and Statistics programme, in particular, leave in a good position to obtain jobs in the academic sector, in central government, including the Office for National Statistics, in local government and within the commercial research sector. 

Many of our PhDs continue their research at post-doctoral level and in recent years several have become academics at Manchester and in other universities around the world.

Teaching and learning

Students are guided and supported by at least one supervisor who is expert in their area. Research students registered in the Faculty of Humanities participate in the Faculty's skills training audit, skills training and personal development planning.

There is a fortnightly research seminar for all students, which includes help with personal and development planning (PDP) as well as research issues, and is an opportunity to meet with other PhD students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

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

Programme Structure

Coursework and assessment

  • Student progression is monitored through 6-monthly and annual review boards. The former involve the supervisory team, including co-supervisors and the objective is to ensure that work is proceeding satisfactorily and to set deadlines. 
  • The annual review board also involves an `external' academic not otherwise involved in the project. Review boards approve students' work and establish agreed parameters for the progression of each project.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • UK Master degree (or overseas equivalent) with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more in a relevant subject with no mark below 50%
  • Tier 4 Student Visa - International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the student visa advice and guidance.
  • Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and it is part of the application process that we seek suitable supervision for candidates. 
  • English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098 
    International students (per annum): £8,500

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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