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28 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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California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Our Transformative Studies Ph.D. is CIIS' most well-established online program-one that's innovative and transdisciplinary with a focus on creative scholarship for personal an ... +

Our Transformative Studies Ph.D. is CIIS' most well-established online program-one that's innovative and transdisciplinary with a focus on creative scholarship for personal and social transformation. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Canada

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in nature. It is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of in ... +

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in nature. It is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of interdisciplinary engagement and exchange, research, peer mentoring, and collaboration. -
PhD
Full-time
48 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Wroclaw
Wrocław, Poland

The programme at the Doctoral College of Sociology considers recommendations of the Bologna Seminar “Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society”, which was held in ... +

The programme at the Doctoral College of Sociology considers recommendations of the Bologna Seminar “Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society”, which was held in 2005 in Salzburg at the initiative of Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, German Ministry of Education and Science and the European University Association. The recommendations and conclusions from the seminar are continuously promoted by the European University Association. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English, Polish
Jun 2022
Campus
 

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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom

Become a leader in your field with a Professional Doctorate in Applied Social Science Research. Continue working while you study and graduate with invaluable expertise.

Become a leader in your field with a Professional Doctorate in Applied Social Science Research. Continue working while you study and graduate with invaluable expertise. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
36 - 96 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
Online
 
Atlantic International University
Honolulu, USA

The Doctor of Sociology (Ph.D., D.Sc) focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. The program will help students develop core strate ... +

The Doctor of Sociology (Ph.D., D.Sc) focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. The program will help students develop core strategic areas of required expertise such as social stratification and hierarchies, family structures, social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, dynamics of social change, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Sep 2022
Online
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

Sociology is the systematic study of human society. This programme places special emphasis on understanding the fundamental concepts of sociology and key social structures suc ... +

Sociology is the systematic study of human society. This programme places special emphasis on understanding the fundamental concepts of sociology and key social structures such as family, religion, education, science and technology, economic and political institutions. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has more than ten professorial members from six different countries. Since 2014, it has had 19 research postgraduate students fro ... +

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has more than ten professorial members from six different countries. Since 2014, it has had 19 research postgraduate students from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, including an outstanding record of six Hong Kong PhD Fellows. -
PhD
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Sep 2022
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 - 4 years
English
Sep 2022
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 Trans disciplinary framework. The program design brings the research intensity of a traditional doctorate to an applied, professional focus. In this program, you will explore interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences for practical, sustainable transformation across organizations and society. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
04 Jul 2022
Online & Campus Combined
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
Full-time
4 years
English
Oct 2022
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. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

A majority of our PhD graduates have embarked on an academic career, taking up lectureships in universities in the UK as well as abroad, or pursuing further their interests th ... +

A majority of our PhD graduates have embarked on an academic career, taking up lectureships in universities in the UK as well as abroad, or pursuing further their interests through post-doctoral fellowships and other research-based posts. At the same time, SOAS anthropology PhD graduates have gone on to a range of occupations in the fields of social and market research, development organisations at home and overseas, international and national government and policy, heritage and museum services, journalism and advisory services of many kinds. Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of sought after skills. The MPhil/PhD offers graduates the opportunity to enhance their qualitative research skills and advance their expertise in their chosen field of study. Thus equipped, they are valuable not only for generating the empirical data required for reaching certain decisions but also for providing the necessary critical tools that enable organisations to innovate and address the challenges of a fast-changing world. The SOAS PhD in Social Anthropology is recognized by the ESRC as both a +3 and 1+3 course. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
15 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Prague, Czech Republic

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

The Ph.D. study program Sociology is focused on scientific inquiry, independent creative work, and deepening of theoretical knowledge. The aim of this program is to prepare the students for a scientific career and teaching in the field of basic and applied research. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Oct 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague, 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 through 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. The Ph.D. program in historical sociology is designed to provide high-quality and demanding training for those who want to be active in scientific and research work – especially of an analytical and comparative nature – in some of those areas which concern current historical sociology. The doctoral curriculum includes exams from compulsory and elective courses, research activities, publishing activities, and participation in scientific conferences. After the state doctoral examination and a dissertation defense, the student is awarded a Ph.D. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Oct 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña, Spain

The Doctoral Program in Social and Behavioral Sciences has a long tradition in the training of doctors and doctors through the different departments and areas of knowledge par ... +

The Doctoral Program in Social and Behavioral Sciences has a long tradition in the training of doctors and doctors through the different departments and areas of knowledge participating in the Faculty of Sociology and the five areas of the Department of Psychology that has Its headquarters in the Faculty of Education Sciences. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 semesters
Spanish
Campus