Published: 17 November 2022

Funded PhD opportunities in the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology is pleased to be offering fully funded studentships for PhD study, for an October 2023 start.

The Sociology studentships will cover, for three years or pro-rata part-time, full fees (at home or international rate), an annual stipend and a training grant. Two awards will be made to outstanding postgraduate researchers whose work aligns with research themes of the Department of Sociology. Whilst we will consider proposals in any of these areas, this year we are prioritising projects in the fields of work, religion, sustainability, gender, and popular culture. Click here for more detail on the Sociology studentships and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 9 December 2022.

The University of Surrey is also offering a range of alterative studentships, including the Surrey Black Scholars studentships and Breaking Barriers Studentships. The Department of Sociology would welcome applications from eligible candidates in relation to these and the application deadline is December 16th.

The Department of Sociology has a thriving research environment. We were ranked 6th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022 for sociology, and the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (Shanghai Ranking) 2021 puts sociology at Surrey in the top 100 in the world. We are home to the Centre for Criminology; Centre for Research in Social Simulation; Centre for Research on Aging and Generations; Sex, Gender and Sexualities; and Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis. Click to see more about our research centres and research areas

As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, you will join a diverse community of full and part-time PhD students from the UK, the EU and around the world. Our PhD students play an important part in the life and culture of our vibrant and friendly department. As a postgraduate researcher you will be offered the opportunity to undertake in-depth methodology training via a range of taught courses.

See more information about PhD study in the Department of Sociology and how to apply here.

For more information about all studentships currently available at the University of Surrey click here

For further information please contact Karen Bullock ( or Jon Garland (

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