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26 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

The Anthropology and Social Change PhD focuses on activist anthropology and social change. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of ... +

The Anthropology and Social Change PhD focuses on activist anthropology and social change. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of radical scholarship and emancipatory social science. We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of activist research. The collective effort of understanding "concrete utopias" takes the form of an analytic and ethnographic study of real historical alternatives in the present. This, in turn, requires a serious engagement with social movements involved in the production of alternatives. Students are expected to have an excellent command of history, debates, and perspectives of contemporary social movements. These movements exist in the historical, social, and epistemological context of colonization, development, and globalization. As contributors to one recent book remind us, more than one in six humans now live in slums, over one billion in a world of jobless growth, or no growth. Solutions offered by mainstream social science are often the source of the problem, and our students are expected to have a good understanding of intertwined historical processes of colonization, development, and liberal modernity. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
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 - 96 months
English
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 2021
Online
 

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Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

The Doctoral School of Sociology at the Corvinus University of Budapest aims to assist motivated students to carry out problem-oriented, theoretically grounded, and methodolog ... +

The Doctoral School of Sociology at the Corvinus University of Budapest aims to assist motivated students to carry out problem-oriented, theoretically grounded, and methodologically sound empirical social research. -
PhD
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2021
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 (Colombia)
Jan 2022
Campus
 
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
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
Part-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
Campus
 
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
 
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
 
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
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Prague 6, Czech Republic

The program supports the development of sociological thinking, especially as a scientific discipline composed of both basic research in the main fields of social sciences and ... +

The program supports the development of sociological thinking, especially as a scientific discipline composed of both basic research in the main fields of social sciences and applied research. The students must prove their knowledge of present-day theories and methodology and also their ability to contribute independently to the science with new knowledge that meets internationally recognized standards. The variants of the graduate profile lead to scientific careers or teaching at tertiary level, analytical or expert work (in consultancy agencies, market and media research, think tanks, individual organizations or corporations). The graduate also receives training suitable for employment in science and research, education, and organization and management. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Prague, Czech Republic

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 - 8 years
English
Sep 2021
30 Apr 2021
Campus
 
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
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of employable skills. The value and relevance of the di ... +

Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as excellent training, equipping holders of the degree with a range of employable skills. The value and relevance of the discipline are evidenced by the great variety and distinction of careers SOAS anthropology graduates have embarked upon with success. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 

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