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PhD Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

University of Southampton

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The University of Southampton welcomes applications from students who are interested in pursuing postgraduate research in either sociology, social policy or criminology. We welcome applications from students pursuing quantitative as well as qualitative research agendas in the areas that are directly associated with staff research interests: digital technologies/digital economies, migration, national & ethnic identities, religion, integration policies and experiences, work, employment, pensions, social movements, work & organisations in a variety of settings, families and communities, environmental problems and behaviours, criminology, prisons, cyber -crime, relationship between criminology & psychology, and methodological innovations.

All research students are registered for a PhD, and progress is conditional on successful completion of the programme of advanced courses and satisfactory progress in your research, assessed by annual review.

Research training
Your research training programme plays a vital part in ensuring you develop your research training skills in the appropriate areas to enable you to successfully complete your PhD.

If you have not studied an ESRC-recognised research training masters programme, you will be able to take the necessary modules from our MSc programmes. If you have studied an ESRC-recognised research training masters programme, you will be able to continue your training by attending activities organised by us.

Our Postgraduate Research Forum is devoted entirely to discussing substantive and methodological topics and problems which research students face. Regular seminars also provide an opportunity for you to discuss your own plans and to develop your ideas with other research students in a supportive environment. As a research student, you will find it extremely beneficial to attend the regular staff–postgraduate student seminars, where speakers present papers based on their current research, and also our annual postgraduate research days and research awaydays.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,592per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton welcomes students from over 130 countries, including more than 7,450 EU and international students.
There are a wide range of support programmes to help students prepare for learning in a British academic environment and meet English language requirements.
Every September there is a free welcome programme for international and EU students, designed to help students settle into life in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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