Sociology PhD and MPhil
|How to Apply|
Make sure we offer PhD/MPhil supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests
Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing
You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme
|4.||Submit your online application|
The Department of Sociology is one of the most prominent and influential in the country. It was one of the first departments of sociology to be established in Britain, and has a long and well-respected tradition both in teaching and research.
|Our Research Degrees|
The Department of Sociology offers supervision for the degrees of:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Full-Time and Part-Time
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Full-Time and Part-Time
If you live outside the EU, you can study for a distance learning PhD - allowing you to gain a University of Leicester research degree wherever you are in the world.
|Supervision and Research Areas|
We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:
- Advanced Research Methods (Conversation Analysis and Computer Simulation)
- Gender, Sexuality, Consumption, and the Body
- Language and Interaction
- Migration and Ethnicity
- Political Sociology, Social Movements, and Civil Society
- Social Theory
- Wellbeing and Health
- Work and Employment
|Entry Requirements and Fees|
Applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.
Tuition fees vary according to the applicant's fee status (UK, EU, or international) and the mode of study (full-time, part-time or distance learning).
|Studentships and Funding|
Funded PhD studentships and other funding opportunities are advertised as they become available.
PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time/distance learning).
A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time/distance learning) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.