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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Sociology is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Applicants to the PhD must have achieved the equivalent of at least a Merit grade in a master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Students continuing from a Cambridge MPhil onto the PhD in Sociology need to gain at least 70% in their MPhil dissertation and 70% overall.

Applications will be judged on past academic performance, but also on the quality and originality of the research proposal; we may also take into account your employment history, previous research experience or publications, etc.

University Minimum Academic Requirements


Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 110

Visa Information

No ATAS required

What Is An ATAS?


Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Sociology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
April 26, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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