Research ( full-time, part-time)
January 2018, April 2017, September 2017
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
Distance-learning supervision available on this course.
This course is located in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Find out more about our research.
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in sociology, supported by the expertise of our staff.
You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of sociology, with particular strengths in social theory, gender studies, social studies of science and technology and diaspora and migration.
We’ll provide you with a rich and stimulating research environment with strong links to research networks in Anglia Ruskin and the wider community, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH). We contribute to many of our Faculty’s research groups, including the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) and the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE).
We also host and take part in many research events, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars, which will allow you to present your research in a safe and supportive setting. These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.
All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.
Our permanent supervisory staff are recognised as international experts in their fields, and have produced a large number of influential books, journal articles and edited collections, and won funding for a number of prestigious research projects. Our expertise in social sciences includes:
Dr Liz Bradbury: classical and contemporary social theory, gender studies, psychoanalytic and psychosocial studies.
Dr Shaun Le Boutillier: social theory and the structure versus agency debate, social emergence theory and the relationship between social wholes and individuals; social causation and the philosophy of the social sciences; agency and moral theory; the sociology of work and organisational life.
Dr David Skinner: race and racism, the social and political aspects of scientific and technological innovation; the relationship between the natural and social sciences; forensics, databases and surveillance; the changing management of public services.
Dr James Rosbrook-Thompson: race and race-thinking; urban sociology; delinquency and disorder; the sociology of sport; cosmopolitanism and notions of belonging.
Emma Brett: public service; learning and education; equality and cultural diversity; barriers to learning.
Julian Constable: learning and teaching in post-compulsory education sector; police training methods.
Additional research expertise: Bronwen Walter, Emeritus Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies.
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is an academic community of nearly 800 students and teaching staff. Our students are supported by leading practitioners, so you'll always have access to the latest theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as invaluable career advice. Subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences lead to work in many roles you might not have considered, maybe as a politician, chief executive – or even an inventor.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for their future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll have access to the world-famous University of Cambridge Library, our own campus library and other local archives.
Our Faculty has a dedicated PhD room, where our doctoral students can all meet up to work and take an active part in our postgraduate student community.
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication, placing an academic article, giving a conference paper, the doctoral writing style, updates on research methods and literature searches, internet training, editing skills for doctoral research, subsequent monograph publication and working with agents and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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