Sociology MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We have expertise in social policy, political science, gender studies, criminology, anthropology, women’s studies, and medical sociology.

MPhil and PhD projects cover a wide spectrum of contemporary sociology including:

  • bodies, identities and experiences
  • culture and material life
  • ‘development’ and the global south
  • emotions and intimacy
  • environment and society
  • imagining pasts and futures
  • sexualities and gender
  • sociology of ethics
  • sociologies of health and life sciences
  • sociology of law
  • visual and aesthetic cultures

Each of these themes represents the research expertise of members of staff in sociology at Newcastle, all of whom are research active.

For more information about staff specialisms and research themes please see the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

The process of researching and writing a doctoral thesis involves investigating a specific aspect of social life or social theory in considerable depth. We supervise doctoral students across the range of interests indicated in the above research areas.

We participate fully in an inter-faculty training programme for research students. This covers the exploration of epistemological issues, quantitative and qualitative research methods, the organisation of PhD research, and library, information and writing skills.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and a master’s degree, or international equivalent, in a related discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to hold IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The School will provide each full-time and part-time PhD student with a laptop computer for School and home use.

School studentships and/or fees bursaries may be available - see the School's website.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

You should include a preliminary research proposal of 2–3,000 words with your application providing a summary of the intended topic, an outline of the sociological or related ideas forming its framework, and the likely methodological approach. We particularly welcome enquiries when people are starting to shape up their research topic, so this can be discussed with appropriate supervision in mind. Please contact Dr Elaine Campbell, Sociology’s research co-ordinator.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5200

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Sociology.