Sociology (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • Sociology at Sussex was ranked 11th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2017.
  • We provide a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue sociological research in a lively intellectual environment.
  • The Centre for Gender Studies is housed in Sociology. Our faculty are also centrally involved in three other research centres at Sussex: the Centre for Social and Political Thought, the Centre for Global Health Policy, and the Centre for Migration Research
  • Sussex sociologists have a very wide range of research interests, covering the main areas of sociology and criminology, and interdisciplinary fields such as health, science and technology, migration, gender, childhood, identity as well as the philosophy and methodology of social science.

Programmes

  • PhD in Sociology

We offer research supervision in areas including citizenship and migration, criminology, health and medicine, care, identity, terrorism, human rights, violence, criminal justice, social theory, political sociology, childhood, gender, inequality and work.

There are two modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to a PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route required by the ESRC for their studentship support. All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and take other modules that may be recommended by their supervisor. (Exemption from research training modules can be granted if you have already taken such modules at postgraduate level.)

Applicants who do not have a Masters degree may be expected to undertake research training, taken from the ESRC-recognised MSc in Social Research Methods, before proceeding to research. The MA in Criminology and MA in Gender Studies provide an excellent introduction to research for candidates with appropriate interests. Further training in research skills is provided as required.

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies. You can also view information on our current PhD students’profile and research.

Entry requirements

PhD in Sociology

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in sociology or a related discipline, but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

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For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

PhD in Sociology fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

Sociology faculty research is organised in five broad and overlapping clusters. these are: Criminology, violence and transgression; gender politis and society; health, medicine and care; migration, culture and identity; social theory and political sociology.

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Criminology and transgression

Dr James Hardie-Bick
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology
J.P.Hardie-Bick@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Criminology, Self-identity, Social Theory, Sociology, Violence

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Dr Suraj Lakhani
Lecturer in Criminology & Sociology
S.Lakhani@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Counter-terrorism, Criminology, Deviance, Policing, Radicalisation, Sociology, Terrorism and political violence, Violent extremism

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Dr Hannah Mason-Bish
Lecturer In Sociology And Criminology
H.Mason-Bish@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: disability, gender, hate crime, Social constructionism, victims

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Prof Alison Phipps
Professor of Gender Studies
A.E.Phipps@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, higher education, Laddism, neoliberalism, political sociology, Rape, Reproductive Justice, Sex industry, Sex work, Sexual harassment, sexual violence

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Dr Lizzie Seal
Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology
E.C.Seal@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Criminology, Cultural History, gender, Violence

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Prof Dean Wilson
Professor of Criminology
Dean.Wilson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Border Control, militarisation, Policing, Surveillance, Technology

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Gender and inequality

Dr Ben Fincham
Senior Lecturer
B.M.Fincham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cycling, death, employment, fun, Gender and Sexuality, Happiness, masculinity, mobilities, suicide, Work

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Dr Hannah Mason-Bish
Lecturer In Sociology And Criminology
H.Mason-Bish@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: disability, gender, hate crime, Social constructionism, victims

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Prof Alison Phipps
Professor of Gender Studies
A.E.Phipps@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, higher education, Laddism, neoliberalism, political sociology, Rape, Reproductive Justice, Sex industry, Sex work, Sexual harassment, sexual violence

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Dr Lizzie Seal
Senior Lecturer in Sociology/Criminology
E.C.Seal@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Criminology, Cultural History, gender, Violence

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Health, medicine and science

Dr Ben Fincham
Senior Lecturer
B.M.Fincham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cycling, death, employment, fun, Gender and Sexuality, Happiness, masculinity, mobilities, suicide, Work

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Prof Karen Lowton
Professor in Sociology (Ageing and Health)
K.Lowton@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ageing, Cystic fibrosis, gerontology, Health and ageing, health and medicine, medical sociology, qualitative research methods, Research Ethics, Transplantation

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Prof Jo Moran-Ellis
Professor Of Sociology
J.Moran-Ellis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Childhood Studies, children's participation, humans and other animals, qualitative research methods, Research approaches

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Dr Susie Scott
Professor of Sociology
S.Scott@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Erving Goffman, Nordic cultures, shyness, Social identities, Sociology, Symbolic Interactionism, total institutions

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Dr Catherine Will
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
C.Will@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: activism, citizenship, Consumer health, deliberation, Domestic material culture, Energy Efficiency, ethical consumption, Evidence and Policy, infrastructure politics, material culture and science, non-communicable diseases, Participation and engagement, Politics of (re)distribution and prioritisation, Science And Technology Studies, Social movements, Water Resources

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Social theory and political sociology

Prof Gerard Delanty
Professor of Sociology & Social & Political Thought
G.Delanty@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: capitalism, Cosmopolitanism, democracy, historical and political sociology, history and philosophy of the social sciences, modernity, Nationalism, Social and political theory, the european cultural and political heritage

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Dr June Edmunds
Lecturer in Sociology
J.A.Edmunds@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism

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Dr James Hardie-Bick
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology
J.P.Hardie-Bick@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Criminology, Self-identity, Social Theory, Sociology, Violence

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Prof Luke Martell
Professor of Political Sociology
L.Martell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: alternative societies, global politics, political sociology, socialism, Sociology

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Dr Laura Morosanu
Lecturer in Sociology
L.Morosanu@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism

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Dr Susie Scott
Professor of Sociology
S.Scott@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Erving Goffman, Nordic cultures, shyness, Social identities, Sociology, Symbolic Interactionism, total institutions

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Careers and perspectives

Many of our graduates stay in academia, in teaching or research positions, as research fellows or lecturers. Others have gone on to careers in the social services, the public sector, charities, NGOs, education, social policy, publishing, media and journalism.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Dr Laura Morosanu, Department of Sociology
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QE, UK
T +44 (0)1273 678547 
E l.morosanu@sussex.ac.uk

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