27 PhD Programs in Sociology

Sociology is a broad field of study, offering candidates the opportunity to focus on an area of specialization that is of particular interest to them. A PhD Sociology degree prepares graduates for work in careers such as academic institutions, non-profit organizations, government, and private sector agencies. There are many programs across the globe offering PhD Sociology programs. Some universiti… Read more

Sociology is a broad field of study, offering candidates the opportunity to focus on an area of specialization that is of particular interest to them. A PhD Sociology degree prepares graduates for work in careers such as academic institutions, non-profit organizations, government, and private sector agencies.

There are many programs across the globe offering PhD Sociology programs. Some universities focus more on certain areas of specialization than others. Some examples of areas of specialization for PhD Sociology include social movements, politics and culture, ethnicity and race, urban sociology, clinical sociology, and social psychology. Candidates pursuing this degree are expected to conduct quality research and complete a dissertation or thesis that contributes to the field of study.

If you are considering a PhD Sociology degree, then scroll through the options below and you may find that next step toward your professional and personal goals!      
      

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Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Internationally-experienced faculty members all have quality publication records and are recognised as experts in their fields of study. Faculty members in the Political Scien ... +

Internationally-experienced faculty members all have quality publication records and are recognised as experts in their fields of study. Faculty members in the Political Science Department are -
PhD
Full-time
30 months
English
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Our program explores leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry.

Our program explores leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Palacky University
Olomouc, Czech Republic

The PhD programme in Sociology provides advanced education and academic training for professions in research and development. The study is designed as multi-paradigmatic, stro ... +

The PhD programme in Sociology provides advanced education and academic training for professions in research and development. The study is designed as multi-paradigmatic, strong emphasis is placed on linking theory, methodology and the empirical. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
University of Bradford
Bradford, United Kingdom

The research areas are only broadly indicative, and our staff place great store by creative and innovative approaches to issues whether they are novel or familiar – and to int ... +

The research areas are only broadly indicative, and our staff place great store by creative and innovative approaches to issues whether they are novel or familiar – and to intellectual analysis, both established and path-breaking. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2020
Campus
 
Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koc University welcomes applications for its Master and PhD in Design, Technology and Society.

The Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koc University welcomes applications for its Master and PhD in Design, Technology and Society. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
Budapest, Hungary

The Ph.D. program in Sociology aims to prepare students to carry out high-quality research in economic sociology and related social areas. In order to achieve this goal, we of ... +

The Ph.D. program in Sociology aims to prepare students to carry out high-quality research in economic sociology and related social areas. In order to achieve this goal, we offer courses in sociological theory, methodology, stratification, economic sociology, and subject area topics. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá, Colombia

The Doctorate in Social and Human Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana , seeks to contribute to the appropriation, application, generation and transfer of relevant ... +

The Doctorate in Social and Human Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana , seeks to contribute to the appropriation, application, generation and transfer of relevant knowledge for the understanding and explanation of complex social and human problems in a globalized context, through an integrative strategy of knowledge. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish
Jan 2020
Campus
 
Royal Roads University
Victoria, Canada

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is the first degree of its kind in North America. It approaches the study of complex, real-world problems within an interdisciplinary and ... +

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is the first degree of its kind in North America. It approaches the study of complex, real-world problems within an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary framework. The program design brings the research intensity of a traditional doctorate to an applied, professional focus. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
4 years
English
14 Jan 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidad de Sonora
Hermosillo, Mexico

General Objective: To train researchers who are capable of designing and directing projects and research groups that address regional and national social problems.

General Objective: To train researchers who are capable of designing and directing projects and research groups that address regional and national social problems. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Lisbon, Portugal

The PhD Economic and Organizational Sociology was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991 and adapted to the European Higher Education Area in 2009.

The PhD Economic and Organizational Sociology was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991 and adapted to the European Higher Education Area in 2009. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Prague, Czech Republic +1 More

The Ph.D. study programme Sociology is focused on scientific inquiry, independent creative work, and deepening of theoretical knowledge. The aim of this programme is to prepar ... +

The Ph.D. study programme Sociology is focused on scientific inquiry, independent creative work, and deepening of theoretical knowledge. The aim of this programme is to prepare the students for scientific career and teaching in the field of basic and applied research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, Czech Republic

The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and nations ... +

The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and nations, the formation of the world system, and globalization trends. These questions are studied from an extensive comparative analysis involving a wide geographical perspective and long-time intervals. Part of the field of historical sociology comprises a number of partial, specific research areas, which include issues such as collective mentalities, habits and social memory. Historical sociology is a very diverse and internally differentiated discipline that has general theoretical approaches, a number of special theories, a variety of specialized research directions, and develops research at an empirical level. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

DLitt et Phil Industrial Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution ... +

DLitt et Phil Industrial Sociology is an advanced level of study in which a candidate has to conduct independent research and produce a thesis that demonstrates a contribution to knowledge in the field. The degree is assessed on the basis of the thesis only and the candidate has to satisfy the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Humanities that the thesis is his or her own unaided work. Upon submission of the final thesis, he or she has to give an undertaking that it has not been submitted to any other institution for examination and the granting of a qualification. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom

Our Applied Social Research Doctorate is designed to transform the way you think as a professional and ensure you can make a powerful impact in your field.

Our Applied Social Research Doctorate is designed to transform the way you think as a professional and ensure you can make a powerful impact in your field. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
36 months
English
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Science
Prague, Czech Republic

Demography is the scientific study of human population dynamics. It encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of populations, and how populations change o ... +

Demography is the scientific study of human population dynamics. It encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of populations, and how populations change over time due to births, deaths, and migration including related events of marriages, divorces, and abortions. The relationships between economic, social, cultural, and biological environments and population development in terms of causes and effects (including forecasting) are the object of population studies in a broader sense. Demography compiles and analyzes data that are useful for various disciplines dealing with human populations such as economics, sociology, social medicine, anthropology, historiography, social geography, ecology, etc. Outcomes of demographic studies are important for public administration, policymaking, health service organization, educational system, insurance companies, etc. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online