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Study for a PhD
We warmly welcome students to study for a PhD here at the Centre for Science Studies. Our PhD students are supported as part of the Department of Sociology.
The possibilities and how it works are detailed in our Frequently Asked Questions below and in the Sociology PhD pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
The quick answer is that Lancaster University's Centre for Science Studies is a centre of excellence in Science and Technology Studies (STS), part of the country's top-rated research departments. We've got senior writers and thinkers in the discipline here: Maureen McNeil, Maggie Mort, Lucy Suchman, Brian Wynne. And younger staff who are at the cutting end of new developments, such as Paolo Palladino, Celia Roberts, Vicky Singleton and Claire Waterton. We have a large research school working on everything from science, technology and medicine, through ICTs, to feminist STS, actor-network theory, postcolonial STS, and the cultural study of science and technology.
This means that if you want to work in STS we offer a world-class context for your research. More generally, Lancaster is a first rate and interdisciplinary social science university. And the Centre is part of an international network with links, visits and exchanges with other outstanding STS Centres in the US (UCSF), Australia (HPS, Melbourne), Denmark (Aarhus), France (Paris CSI), the Netherlands (Philosophy, Twente) and Norway (TIK, Oslo).
The answer is that we specialise in a range of the most important STS areas. Empirically, we work on...
In terms of theory we're a world-class centre for many of the most exciting new developments in STS. These include...
See our people pages and online publications for more information on who specialises in which areas.
Lancaster is a major research university in social science - one of the best in Britain. And Science Studies, with its network of links with social science and humanities departments, draws on and contributes to a vibrant research-oriented intellectual environment.
Firstly, find out about us and our work...
Next firm up your research plans. There's no need to have these set in concrete. Indeed, it's probably best if they're not entirely fixed, since almost all of the best research grows and evolves. But you need some idea of your interests and how they might be developed. And you also need to have a supervisor you want to work with - someone who'll help you and work with you once you arrive.
Then think about financing your PhD. There are a number of opportunities, and we will do our best to help...
Finally, you'll need to make a formal application. There are downloadable forms and more information from the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Note that if you are not a native English speaker you will need, in due course, to produce evidence of your ability to work in English.
We will process the application as quickly as possible. Obviously we can't guarantee that you'll be accepted, but if you've got the right academic qualifications and language skills, and you've applied after talking with and securing the interest of a staff member at the Centre for Science Studies, your chances are good.
We look forward to welcoming you!
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