My supervisors always give me good feedback and constructive criticism, which I see as vitally important for improving my own writing and development.
The Department of Sociology has an international reputation for both research and teaching, and was ranked joint sixth out of all sociology departments in the UK by the latest Research Assessment Exercise. This reflects the high quality of our research, our publications and our academic environment.
Members of academic staff have research interests and expertise in a number of substantive areas, in a range of theoretical approaches and in the full diversity of research methods, from mixed-method and qualitative research to statistical analysis of large and complex datasets and social simulation.
We engage in innovative methodological and theoretical work, employ a diversity of methods and perspectives, and make a major contribution to applied and policy-related sociology, criminology and media research. We provide research students with office space, PCs and online research tools and resources. You will normally become a member of a subject/research group and participate with academic staff in its activities.
We welcome applications from prospective doctoral students in a wide range of subject areas.
Doctoral students are supported through a carefully designed programme of regular postgraduate day schools and monthly professional seminars, and may be directed to take relevant modules from the MSc Social Research Methods – or, if appropriate, from the MSc Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research – during their first year of study. They can attend in-house day courses in social research (about 20 per year) and the extensive range of courses run by the Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) Networking Project.
Key research areas include:
Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.
The South East DTC offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study sociology, politics, psychology or related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.
October, January, April, July
Applicants usually hold at least an upper second-class honours degree in sociology or a related discipline. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 7.0 or above.
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
"Having a multidisciplinary supervisory team is a huge asset"
"My PhD supervisor is a pioneer and key figure in the field of social simulation"
"I like to explore educational choices through sociological theories"