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Sociology at Oxford

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

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Applications for the 2016-17 entering cohort for the DPhil in Sociology have now closed

Applications for the 2017-18 cohort will open in September.

Oxford's Department of Sociology seeks to admit the best graduate students from all over the world. They join a community of about a hundred students who enjoy first-class facilities for studying as well as the opportunity to advance the leading edge of the discipline. Each year about thirty students enter our MSc and MPhil programmes, which provide the theoretical and methodological foundations for advanced research. Sixty students are currently engaged in the DPhil (PhD) programme. Many of our students come from the United Kingdom and other European countries; we also attract students from all over the world, from Australia and Italy to Chile and China which makes for a diverse student culture and a vibrant learning environment. We prepare students for academic careers, but we also celebrate the substantial number of our graduates working in government, in think-tanks, and in the private sector.

Sociology at Oxford has a strong analytical, empirical and comparative orientation. Focus is on developing and testing theories that engage with real world problems. Rigorous empirical methods are central to Oxford sociology, whether it concerns survey research, experiments or ethnographical studies. The international reputation of Oxford Sociology is widely recognised. Sociology is currently ranked third in the world (and first in Europe) according to QS Rankings by Subject 2016.

MSc in Sociology

Our MSc degree is a one-year full-time taught course. In the first two terms, students take Sociological Analysis, Research Methods and two Optional Papers. After the second term, students work on research for their MSc Thesis and sit Exams during the third term.

MPhil in Sociology and Demography

The MPhil introduces students to contemporary theories and research methods on the intersection of Sociology and Demography. This 21-month course prepares students for doctoral work in Sociology and Demography and research-intense jobs.

DPhil (PhD) in Sociology

The DPhil is Oxford's PhD in Sociology. It is a full-time, three year programme of doctoral study for students who would like to undertake original and independent research in preparation for an academic career and other research-intense jobs.

Applicants are expected have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in sociology or a related social science discipline. A master's degree with a high pass (2.1) or distinction is also required.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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How good is research at University of Oxford in Sociology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.85

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