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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Sociology is no longer accepting new applications.


All first-year PhD students attend the first-year PhD research seminars in Michaelmas and Lent terms offering talks on transferable skills such as publication, careers advice and academic writing and the opportunity for each student to make a presentation based on their research plans.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The Department offers bi-weekly seminars with invited guest speakers of general interest to sociologists and a number of more specialised seminars for the research clusters and reading groups within the Department.


PhD students run a  PhD writing group throughout the year.


The Department of Sociology has no placements.


The Department provides feedback on the progress of the PhD in the form of yearly progress paper assessments and interviews.


Thesis / Dissertation

The word limit for the PhD is 80,000 words. Only under exceptional circumstances, and after prior application, will a student be allowed to exceed these limits.

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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