What Will You Study

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a major area of research strength in the Department of Sociology.  We host a famous university-wide research centre with scholars and students working on a wide range of topics within the social study of science, technology and medicine, ICTs, feminist STS, actor-network theory, postcolonial STS, and the cultural study of science and technology.

Leading scholars past and present include: Lucy Suchman, Brian Wynne, John Law, Adrian Mackenzie, Vicky Singleton, Maggie Mort, Richard Tutton, Claire Waterton, Sarah Franklin and Maureen McNeil.

We are part of an international network with links, visits and exchanges with other outstanding STS Centres in the US (UCSF), Australia (Melbourne), Denmark (Aarhus and Copenhagen), France (Paris), the Netherlands (Twente), Norway (Oslo), Sweden (Linkoeping and Lund) and Finland (Tampere).

Students doing a PhD in Science Studies join the Department of Sociology’s international, interdisciplinary community of over 80 research students working on PhDs in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Science Studies, Media and Cultural Studies and Applied Social Science. You will be assigned PhD supervisors (normally two) whose current active research interests and expertise matches your chosen topic. Close working relations are enjoyed with other departments at Lancaster, and in many cases there is cross-departmental supervision.

We offer a structured PhD programme including: an annual PhD summer conference, the opportunity to audit relevant MA courses (including intensive summer schools), specialist methods training courses and writing retreats.  You will have regular one-to-one supervisions (about once a month) throughout your period of study (3-4 years full time, 5-7 years part-time). Your progress is carefully assessed through annual review panels.

All full-time PhD students have dedicated office space, printing facilities and kitchen and social spaces in the department, which are housed alongside academic staff offices. There is a regular programme of social events and activities.

Find out more about the conferences, research centres, and research culture that make studying Sociology at Lancaster great.