Sociology PhD - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 36 Month(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster’s Sociology Department is known for nurturing successive generations of outstanding sociologists. You will study with some of the most exciting sociological thinkers in the UK in a dynamic and supportive research environment. You will join an international and 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.

A programme of skills and dissertation workshops designed specifically for all MA and PhD students within the Sociology Department runs throughout the year.

In addition, you are encouraged to attend any relevant MA taught courses, please see our website for further information.

Key Information

Master’s Degree: Master’s degree or equivalent in Sociology or related discipline

Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications

Additional Requirements:

As part of your application you will also need to provide

  • A viable research proposal

  • Example of your written work (eg MA Coursework, article or research paper)

English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 7.0, with no individual element below 6.0

We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes

Pre-sessional English language programmes available:

4 Week Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

10 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5

Longer courses are not an option for this programme


Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding; Faculty Scholarships and Funding; Sociology Fees and Funding


Further information: For more information about the areas of research offered within the department of Sociology please visit our webpages

If you submit a PhD application please include the names of any potential supervisors and any associated correspondence that you have received from them




Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £4,327 £2,164
Overseas £14,630 £7,310

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.