The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postgraduate Sociology

Postgraduate Sociology

There's a vibrant & diverse postgraduate community of students on both taught & research courses

Students and staff engaging in discussion

Our doctoral students are engaged in a wide range of sociological, anthropological and criminological research ranging from sex-trafficking to self-harm, emotion to embodiment, transnational marriage to tourism, and gay and lesbian families to gift-giving.

We are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for PhD training and are part of the ESRC-funded NINE Doctoral Training Partnership which runs an annual competition for PhD studentships.

The richness and range of our doctoral scholarship is the result of not only the scope and imagination of staff expertise, but also the reflection of the international mix and socio-cultural diversity of our PhD students. Nepal, China, India, Mexico, Oman, Rwanda, Canada and the USA, for example, alongside EU and UK students, are all represented at Newcastle making it an exciting and dynamic place to study.

We also offer two taught Masters programmes which can be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Our taught programmes offer an excellent choice of modules and provide research-led teaching of the highest quality.

You may like to view our PG Sociology Brochure.

Research community

Postgraduate students at Newcastle form an integral part of the research community, and are key participants, contributors and nurturers of an innovative and lively research culture and environment.

Our postgraduate students are involved in the organisation and development of Sociology's research clusters, and regularly lead and deliver special events and workshops, as well as seminar series, reading groups and conferences. Doctoral students are encouraged to develop a mixed portfolio of research and training skills, through contributions to our teaching programme and other disciplinary activities.

Sociology research at Newcastle is interdisciplinary, and has a reputation for being theoretically sophisticated, as well as having impact and relevance for policy and practice. In addition to working and engaging with the philosophical, theoretical and methodological work being developed and explored at Newcastle, postgraduate students benefit from the connections which Sociology has built up with policy-makers, professionals and practitioners working within international, national and regional contexts.

Newcastle's doctoral and MA programmes in Sociology are ideal for students who are planning an academic career, as well as those hoping to move into careers in the public, private and/or third sectors.

  • Adrienne, Sociology Postgraduate

    "I have found the Sociology department at Newcastle University to be incredibly welcoming and supportive.  Opportunities to network and collaborate with other students and academics such as reading groups, seminars and social activities, are actively supported and promoted within the department.  I have also been impressed by the department’s drive to support interdisciplinary work, and welcome the opportunity to engage with academics from different disciplines both at Newcastle University and at other institutions."