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Sociology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 153 Sociology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Embarking on a PhD in Sociology offers candidates a profound journey into understanding the complexities of social life, institutions, and structures. These advanced degrees provide a comprehensive platform for students interested in exploring the dynamics of social relationships, cultural practices, inequality, social change, and the impact of globalisation.

Through PhDs in Sociology, candidates delve into rigorous research, employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to uncover insights into how societies function, evolve, and interact with individuals. This path is not solely about academic achievement; it's a commitment to investigating and addressing the societal challenges that influence communities and the wider world.

Why complete a PhD in Sociology?

A PhD in Sociology provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to the understanding and improvement of society through original research. These programmes encourage candidates to critically examine social phenomena, from the micro-level of individual behaviour to the macro-level of systems and global trends.

By exploring diverse topics such as social inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, family dynamics, and the sociology of health, doctoral research in sociology not only advances theoretical knowledge but also informs public policy, social programmes, and community interventions. The analytical, methodological, and theoretical skills developed during these degrees enables students to construct nuanced understandings of the social world, contributing valuable perspectives to academic and societal debates.

In addition, earning a PhD in Sociology opens up a diverse array of career opportunities. Graduates are well-equipped for academic careers, where they can influence the next generation of sociologists through teaching and research. Beyond academia, sociology PhD holders are highly sought after in government, non-profit organisations, and the private sector, where their expertise in social research and analysis is used to inform policy making, programme development, and organisational strategies.

Their ability to understand and interpret complex social issues makes them valuable consultants in fields such as education, healthcare, urban planning, and community development. The comprehensive training in research methods, along with a deep understanding of social theories and societal trends, prepares graduates to tackle contemporary social challenges, making a tangible impact on society. Pursuing a PhD in Sociology is not just about academic achievement; it's about preparing to make meaningful contributions to understanding and improving the social fabric of communities across the globe.

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Community based peer support in palliative care

Project description. Palliative care provision is known to improve outcomes for patients and their families at the end of life. However, access to palliative care is not equal and certain groups of patients and carers are less likely to receive good palliative care. Read more

Unravelling the role of necessity-driven circular business models for an environmentally and socially just transition to circular economy

  Research Group: Operations Management and Decision Sciences
Project description. The Circular Economy (CE) policy agenda is mainly focusing on mature industrial models rather than on lower- and middle-income economies. Read more

Labour Organising in Logistics Warehouses: The case of South Yorkshire and Inland Empire

  Research Group: Centre for Decent Work
Project description. The primary ambition and overarching objective of this PGR project is to understand how trade unions and workers can achieve better conditions in global logistics warehouses. Read more

The Organisation and Impact of National Systems of Labour Administration

  Research Group: Centre for Decent Work
Project description. The project will focus on national systems of labour administration, i.e. public administration activities in the field of national labour policy, as defined by the ILO’s Convention No 150. Read more

Investigating status conflict in teams led by women and ethnic minority team members

  Research Group: Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)
Project description. This PhD project will use two secondary datasets and a series of experiments to explore how teams led by white women and ethnic minorities manage status related conflict in newly formed teams. Read more

The attitudes and practices of emergency services personnel towards people who overdose on drugs (Project ID SHSC0058)

Scotland has one of the highest rates of drug related deaths in Europe, with 1,051 deaths occurring in 2022. Emergency services (ambulance, police, fire & rescue) have a key role as first responders to drug overdoses. Read more

Developing a behaviour change digital intervention to improve public and patient understanding of antimicrobial resistance (Project ID SHSC0051)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents one of the top 10 global public health threats [1]. Due to the spread of AMR, a growing number of infections are becoming harder to treat, leading to longer hospital stays, greater costs and increased mortality [2]. Read more

Understanding the economy-wide implications of different policy actions to address barriers and improving the outcomes of adopting energy efficiency improvement measures

Project Description. An exciting, 3-year full-time funded PhD studentship opportunity has arisen at the Centre for Energy Policy, at the University of Strathclyde for a project expanding CEP’s portfolio of research on energy efficiency in residential properties. Read more

Examining mental health and wellbeing service provision for rugby players experiencing catastrophic injury (Ref: SSEHS/RFU)

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in rugby are rare, however the consequences are far-reaching. sustaining a catastrophic injury presents a rapid and life-altering shift in a rugby players’ personal and social identity and their day-to-day reality. Read more

Precarious housing, precarious belonging: using arts-based participatory methods to explore the experiences and perspectives of young asylum seekers living in temporary accommodation (SAS0193)

This fully funded PhD position is an exciting opportunity to conduct a joint research project at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Glasgow, working in collaboration with Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment (MORE), a migrant led organisation based in Glasgow. Read more

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