Why a PhD at Lancaster?

There are a range of great reasons to join us for your PhD at Lancaster Sociology:

Recognised Excellence

The department is in the top 40 sociology departments in the world, and was ranked 1st for research intensity in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. PhD students interact with staff as a part of our vibrant research culture.

Supervision and Study

Students have one-to-one supervision (normally with two supervisors) as well as the opportunity to audit MA modules in the department or take modules from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Training Programme. Some of the latter are offered by members of the Sociology Department, but others are led by colleagues in other departments. Modules range in length from half day workshops to full term courses and provide a great chance to explore the theoretical approaches or research methods you will draw upon in your thesis. All students participate in our PhD colloquia, regular informal workshops that focus on topics such as proposal writing, working with data, publishing, becoming known, preparing for vivas and applying for jobs. There are also a range of opportunities for working on writing, including writing retreats and self-organised reading and writing groups.

Regular Research Events

PhD students participate in Departmental research events including seminars, workshops, conferences, as well as similar events across the university. We host 2-4 events per week during term time and these provide excellent opportunities for getting to know the research community. Read more about our conferences and workshops or check our news and events listings.

Student Involvement

Our PhD students help organise research seminars, workshops, and conferences, including the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies Seminar Series, the STS Mixtures seminar series, our annual Postgraduate Summer Conference at which all PhD students present their work, and the annual student-run Science and Technology Studies conference.

Space and Resources

Students have access to shared office space, printing and photocopying facilities, the excellent university library and computing resources, as well as our departmental 'club spaces' and kitchens for socialising and informal meetings.