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Sociology

University of Surrey

48 months
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17600 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
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About

Boasting an international reputation and a thriving academic environment, the Sociology programme of the University of Surrey supervises PhDs in a wide range of subjects across sociology, criminology, digital media and communications and related areas.

Overview

Why choose this programme

As a postgraduate researcher in sociology at Surrey, you will join a diverse community of full and part-time PhD students from the UK, the EU and around the world. In the Sociology programme of the University of Surrey students play an important part in the life and culture of our vibrant and friendly department.

We have a global reputation for our expertise and innovation in a wide range of research methods, from qualitative and ethnographic work, to statistical analysis of large and complex data sets, and online research and social simulation. As a PhD student you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake in-depth methodology training via a range of optional taught courses.

As a department we are renowned for our applied approach, something reflected in the way we work in partnership with a range of private, public and third-sector organisations. This includes the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, the Environment Agency, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Police Dependants’ Trust. We aim to combat inequalities and champion diversity.

What you will study

Exactly what you'll study will depend on the topic of your PhD. We can supervise a wide range of areas relating to criminology, sociology and digital media and communications - please see the ‘Themes and Facilities’ tab for a full list.

The PhD programme centres on close individual tuition and guidance from your supervisory team, comprising a principal supervisor, a co-supervisor and, in some cases, an additional third supervisor. Supervisors offer advice, feedback and guidance on all aspects of the PhD process, as well as - where appropriate - on career and CV development, and research dissemination through publications and conference papers.

We formally review your progress twice a year, offering the opportunity for medium and longer-term research planning, the identification of training needs, and provision of CV and career advice. Progress reviews also offer you the opportunity to raise any queries, concerns or suggestions. Close to the end of your first year, you will complete a PhD confirmation process in which you will receive detailed feedback and guidance on your work, from staff outside your supervisory team.

You will also attend a range of courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and other events as appropriate to your project. As well as offering training in research skills or different aspects of the PhD process, such events offer opportunities for you to present your work to one another, or exchange findings and ideas with staff or external speakers.

You will also have the option to take relevant modules from our MSc courses in your first year of study, to extend and deepen your field of knowledge.

Establishing a vibrant academic environment where PhD students develop supportive relationships with one another and with staff, is central to our approach. In addition to close one-to-one mentoring and tuition from supervisors, you will benefit from a range of bespoke departmental events.

Doctoral students can also attend the Department's day courses in Social Research and the extensive range of courses run by the CAQDAS Networking project. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university-level where you can benefit from the extensive central resources and research training opportunities provided by the University’s Doctoral College.

You'll have access to an annual allowance to help with the cost of external conferences and other training events relevant to your work,  as well as other research expenses. Doctoral students are able to apply for graduate teaching assistant roles and have access to training, to support them in developing their teaching skills.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Age and ageing
  • Computational social science
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminology and criminal justice
  • Digital media technologies and society
  • Environment and sustainability

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold at least an upper second-class honours degree in sociology or a related discipline.
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £8,800

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 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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