What Will You Study

Lancaster Sociology is known for nurturing successive generations of outstanding sociologists. Our alumni can be found in leading sociology departments around the world. Sociologists currently working in the Department include:  John Urry, Bob Jessop, Sylvia Walby, Andrew Sayer, Monika Buscher and Elizabeth Shove –see the full staff list for details of our research interests.

As a PhD student in Sociology you will join an 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 (including criminology). 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.