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PhD in Sociology

Standard Duration: Full-time: 3-4 years, Part-time: Up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree in Arts or Social Sciences ore quivalent professional experience, plus 2-3 synopses of proposed research; transcript of academic achievement and two academic references

English Language: IELTS 7.0 with no more than 2 elements at 6.5/6.0 (and none below 6.0)

Warwick Sociology has 25 members of academic staff with wide-ranging theoretical, methodological and substantive research interests. Experts in their field, our academics welcome enquiries from potential PhD students with an idea for a research project.

The PhD in Sociology reflects the multi-disciplinary strengths of our staff including social and cultural research, from traditional sociology and social theory to contemporary cultural and media studies

More information on the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Sociology

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Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree in Arts or Social Sciences or equivalent professional experience, plus a 2,000-3,000 word research proposal.

English Language Requirements

Band B, IELTS 7.0 with no more than 2 elements at 6.5/6.0 (and none below 6.0)


Applications should be made online at

Application Deadline

Applications are welcomed from self-funded applicants until early June. Candidates wishing to apply for an ESRC Award should look at the Department’s website for the deadline for applications for funding.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


Warwick’s Social Sciences Faculty has been awarded an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and applicants for all the PhDs offered by the Sociology Department are eligible to apply for ESRC funding.

Details of other funding opportunities are available on the Graduate School website