Doctorate Degrees in Sociology

Compare 51 PhD Programs in Sociology

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 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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PhD in Social Work

Walden University
Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA USA Online Minneapolis + 1 more

Walden’s PhD in Social Work program can prepare you for the next step in your social work career as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. Walden’s PhD in Social Work program can prepare you for the next step in your social work career as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader. A challenging curriculum enables you to analyze advanced theory and explore some of the most pressing and cutting-edge issues in social work today. Face-to-face academic residencies support the learning experience, allowing you to collaborate with professors and colleagues, build your social and professional community, and enhance your ability to effect positive social change. You will also gain skills in scholarly writing that can help you advance your role as a leader. Achieve the highest credentials in your profession with this PhD program in social work. Specializations Addictions and Social Work Clinical Expertise Criminal Justice Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention Family Studies and Interventions Medical Social Work Policy Practice Social Work Administration [-]

PhD in Communication Studies

European College for Liberal Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Spain Barcelona Belgium Brussels Madrid Switzerland Zurich Japan Tokyo + 9 more

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies (60 credits) [+]

Our postgraduate programs, each with different program requirements, are based on and are fully compatible with the established European and American educational systems. The European guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Once a minimum number of credits has been earned, a request for graduation can be submitted. Postgraduate programs are advanced academic programs for college and university graduates, as well as for working professionals wishing to pursue a progressive career in the field of communication and liberal arts. The college’s truly global community provides ample opportunities for students to pursue academic topics of interest and research with an emphasis on globalization, communication and higher education. Not all programs are offered at all campuses. Courses Postgraduate courses are divided into program-specific courses. Electives can be chosen from any of the scheduled courses offered at the postgraduate level. Program-specific courses are scheduled based on enrollments and may not be available at all campuses. Students are recommended to complete courses and earn credits at the highest level possible. Program requirements Total 60 credits Graduate Courses 60 credits Courses (PhD) 15 credits / 3 courses Courses (Communication) 15 credits / 3 courses Courses (Higher Education) 15 credits / 3 courses Dissertation 15 credits Switching to another program once the studies have started is possible as long as the program requirements are met by the end of the studies. Therefore, the decision to switch should be made as early as possible to avoid not meeting the program requirements within the intended... [-]

PhD in Communication Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the MA in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. The purpose of this programme is to explore a wide range of forms of human communication from a variety of perspectives that connect the local and the global and are rooted in African contexts and experiences. As an inherently interdisciplinary and flexible programme, the MA in Communication Studies intersects a multiplicity of fields and areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers an opportunity to explore their complementarity and interconnectedness. This qualification provides students the opportunity to master the art of independent studies by writing a research thesis under the supervision of a senior researcher. The focus of the dissertation is based on the proposal submitted by the student and decided upon jointly with the supervisor(s). Admission requirements The admission requirements are specified by the general university entrance requirements, not excluding the discretion of the Postgraduate Admission Committee or the Head of the Department. The closing date for applications for this degree is 31 October of the preceding year for the first semester and 30 April of the same year for the second semester. Contact details Name: Prof Pier Paolo Frassinelli Tel: 011 559 2810 / Email: pierpaolof@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD Sociology and Social Policy

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

The school has a strong and vibrant community of postgraduate research students. We are proud of being a site for creativity and innovation in and across our areas of research expertise and are dedicated to developing our students' research skills, expertise and career in a supportive and collegial environment. [+]

PhD Sociology and Social Policy A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by a verbal examination and final thesis. The school offers PhDs in: criminology public policy sociology social policy and administration social work science, technology and society The school has a strong and vibrant community of postgraduate research students. We are proud of being a site for creativity and innovation in and across our areas of research expertise and are dedicated to developing our students' research skills, expertise and career in a supportive and collegial environment. Our research students are encouraged to participate in the school's academic life and to work with the research centres that reflect their research area. The school also supports the postgraduate journal and conference ENQUIRE. This programme combines advanced research training, high-quality supervision and feedback, and a vibrant and active research community. A PhD is an opportunity for you to conduct an extensive, original piece of research of your own choosing, with feedback and support from two academic supervisors. The school's academic staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise within and beyond the disciplines of sociology, social policy and administration, social work, criminology, science and technology and public policy. Many of our students undertake interdisciplinary research projects. Our PhD programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Doctoral Training Centre, offering both one-plus-three degrees and three year... [-]

Doctorate In Social Sciences Complexity (DCCS)

Universidad del Desarrollo
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 Chile Santiago

The Center for Research in Social Complexity and Public Policy Center of the School of Government in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, presented his PhD in Social Sciences Complexity. The aim of the Doctorate in Social Sciences Complexity is to train researchers in high-impact interdisciplinary research in social sciences and international standards of excellence. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. Presentación The Center for Research in Social Complexity and Public Policy Center of the School of Government in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, presented his Doctoral Program in Social Sciences Complexity. The aim of the Doctorate in Social Sciences Complexity is to train researchers in high-impact interdisciplinary research in social sciences and international standards of excellence. TOOLS interdiscipline effective - quantitative methodology Training The curriculum incorporates elements of various social sciences-economics, political science, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience social order to approximate a unified understanding of human behavior, from the neurobiological systems underlying the process of decision making the historical evolution of institutions. In the methodological training of doctoral candidates, the emphasis is on mathematical modeling of social phenomena: game theory, network analysis, computer simulations; and quantitative empirical analysis: experimental methods, econometría, data mining, spatial analysis. INVESTIGATION Insertion into research units / transfer - Connecting global research network of excellence PhD students are expected to be inserted early in the research teams of teachers in the program, which will be trained in the practice of research. The research team program has a network of collaborators in various universities and national and international studies. All students have the opportunity to travel abroad to develop research internships and / or supplement their training. They may also participate in transfer units to implement research advances in the development of social technologies. PROFILE Ingress / Egress Diversity recruitment - Wide range of insertion in the academic,... [-]

PhD in Social Science

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong

The PhD in Social Science prepares students who wish to pursue a career in academia, policy research or consultancy related to the affairs of society, polity, or economy, broadly conceived. As with MPhil students, PhD students are assigned a thesis advisor and provided with a postgraduate studentship that carries with it the responsibilities of teaching/research assistance. [+]

At HKUST, we offer the largest interdisciplinary university-level program in humanities and social science in Mainland China and Greater China and the only one to have an explicit, program-wide, comparative focus as exemplified by our innovative Global China Studies degrees. Like every university of excellence, we are dedicated to research and teaching. What sets us apart from our peers is our explicit focus on global, especially North American and Chinese, best practice in teaching, graduate training and placement, and our own research. The PhD in Social Science prepares students who wish to pursue a career in academia, policy research or consultancy related to the affairs of society, polity, or economy, broadly conceived. As with MPhil students, PhD students are assigned a thesis advisor and provided with a postgraduate studentship that carries with it the responsibilities of teaching/research assistance. Typically, students may choose to specialize either in the field of Political Economy, which covers areas of specialization in politics, economics, regional geography, international relations and Science, Technology and Society (STS), or Social Relations and its attendant specialization in the disciplines of sociology, psychology, anthropology, and demography. To ensure that our PhD graduates have strong research skills, students are required to take the following four compulsory methodology courses regardless of their field of specialization. Research Foci In Social Science, research focuses primarily on the evolving economy, polity and society of Mainland China. Specific topics encompass economic reforms and development, social stratification and mobility, contentious politics, foreign policy and relations, historical demography and... [-]

PhD in Sociotechnical Systems Modelling

Rezekne University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Latvia Rēzekne

The goal of doctoral study programme is to prepare researchers in the field of information technology industry systems analysis, modeling and design sector, to promote the students' theoretical knowledge and research skills and the application of research results in the following areas: [+]

PhDs in Sociology. The goal of doctoral study programme is to prepare researchers in the field of information technology industry systems analysis, modeling and design sector, to promote the students' theoretical knowledge and research skills and the application of research results in the following areas: business and tourism information system modeling; systemic regional development planning; the political system and public management modeling; logistics information systems and transport modeling; production process modeling; e-learning system design; simulation technology development. Visiting professors from partner universities will be involved as teachers and advisors in the programme. Students have an opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ mobility for studies. Qualification awarded: Doctor of Engineering Sciences (Dr.paed.). Admission requirements: Master's or professional master's degree in the computer sciences, information technologies. Discussion of the thesis topic. Duration of studies: 3 years full-time studies. Study programme consists of 3 parts: Part A – compulsory courses Part B – optional courses (specialization) Part C – free elective courses. To complete study programme student has to earn 120 CP (180 ECTS). Final test, if any: Doctoral thesis. Study fee: 3200 EUR per year. If you are interested in the studies at Rezekne University of Applied Sciences fill application form at this address: http://www.rta.lv/online_application_procedure. [-]

PhD in Development Studies

ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Lisbon

This is an advanced programme of study designed to impart knowledge and produce original research in the field of Development, in line with the best European universities. With the creation of this PhD, the intention is to look at the changes which have taken place over recent decades and which have led to this scientific area becoming the focus of contemporary debate, as much in economic, social and environmental policy as in academia. [+]

PhD in Development Studies

The PhD Development Studies was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high quality academic training in development studies and produce original research in this field. The course has emerged in response to the changes in recent decades that have brought Development Studies to the fore in current debates, both in the academies and in the area of economic, social and environmental policy.

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The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers, which have been classified by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) as very good or excellent, provide important support for students in this program.... [-]


PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines (http://www.ln.edu.hk/socsp/). In terms of research locations, we have expertise in Hong Kong, China and many other countries of the Asia-Pacific (including, for example, Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, and Myanmar) and other regions. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has a very good record of success in the HKPFS. In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines (http://www.ln.edu.hk/socsp/). In terms of research locations, we have expertise in Hong Kong, China and many other countries of the Asia-Pacific (including, for example, Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, and Myanmar) and other regions. As well as sociology and social policy topics, we encourage interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research with our sister social science departments of Applied Psychology, Political Science and Economics. We would therefore also be delighted to hear from students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in cross-disciplinary topics. Within Sociology and Social Policy, members of staff currently have internationally recognised expertise in areas including: Ageing, social gerontology Health research, population; social well-being Social theory Social and political thought, political sociology Economic and urban sociology, housing Hong Kong society and culture Justice and society, income inequality and social stratification Gender and sexuality studies, religion Comparative policy including international education Application Methods Applicants may seek admission to the PhD programme in two ways as follows: 1. Apply for PhD Programmes via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) ... [-]

KHM Doctoral Programme

Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)
Campus Full time October 2017 Germany North Rhine Westphalia

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne offers students, through doctoral regulations adopted in 2004, the possibility to complete philosophical dissertations. [+]

Academic PhD (Dr. phil.) in Art and Media Studies Art theory, media theory, experimental IT, film theory, design theory, communications theory. Supervision by/in research collaboration with academically qualified teaching staff. Irregular calls for proposals on diverse and changing interdisciplinary topics with subsequent determination of the responsible supervisors in allocated doctoral subjects. Through the doctoral regulations adopted in 2004, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne offers the possibility to complete a philosophical dissertation in an intensely art-related context. The connection between artistic questioning and scientific methods in the KHM’s doctoral programme should lead to relevant new findings. In accordance with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s art college legislation, the degree awarded is the same as a university degree, i.e. an academic PhD. The linking of research methods to artistic and media practices in the doctoral project is a prerequisite for admission, a closeness to artistic, media experimentation is desired and encouraged. However, the assessment of the dissertation, in all of its elements, remains an academic one. By allocating the doctoral projects to specific working areas, supervision by the appropriate qualified doctoral teaching staff at the KHM is assured. The dissertation is to be written in German. No scholarships can be awarded. Support in the writing of funding applications is offered. Please submit your application documents by sending them as a printout to: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln / Academy of Media Arts colgne (KHM) Promotionsausschuss Peter-Welter-Platz 2 D - 50676 Köln or: studoffice@khm.de [-]

PhD in Sociology

Palacky University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Olomouc

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. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. Programme description: 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. It seeks to reflect topical issues of contemporary society in global context. The core PhD courses include: Dissertation Colloquia; Dissertation Seminars; Methodological and Specialisation Courses; Readings in Sociological Theory; Sociological Research Practice; Theory of Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies. Graduate´s profile and employability: The graduates will acquire knowledge of contemporary sociological theories in the context of the canon of social thought, of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and of a chosen area of specialisation. These will be complemented with selected soft skills (e.g. communication and IT skills), pedagogical and technical research skills (e.g. scholarly editing and bibliographic research). PhD students are expected to conduct their own original research leading to a doctoral dissertation and to contribute to the advancement of sociological knowledge by participating in workshops, conferences, publications and other activities of the international scholarly communities. The programme provides education and training for professions in institutions of higher education, research institutes and think tanks, private sector, NGOs, governmental organisations, etc. App. test requirements: Applications are accepted usually once a year (enrolment for the Winter Semester), sometimes twice a year (enrolment for the Summer Semester). The entrance examination consists of an interview, at which the applicant presents his/her dissertation project. In exceptional cases the examination may take a written form. A Skype interview may... [-]

PhD in Public and Social Policy

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The Public and Social Policy (PSP) doctoral study programme prepares students for basic and applied research and teaching in the academia as well as other types of activities requiring a high level of theoretical and methodological education in PSP. This programme is open to all master degree graduates or equivalent. [+]

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Oral entrance exam: During the entrance examination interview, applicants must demonstrate ability to defend their research proposal in critical discussion and prove that they • can formulate research questions, • understand their topic’s broader context, and • are fairly knowledgeable in public and social policy and related disciplines. Priority topics of research projects for entrance examination: (Other topics are not excluded, but they should be consulted and agreed upon by a future supervisor in advance.) Public and social policies - Policy of social insurance and social security - Educational policy - Health policy - Anti-corruption policy - Drug policy - Tobacco control policy Public sector - Public sector´s efficiency - Public policies´ efficiency evaluation - Impact analysis of public policies (qualitative and quantitative analysis) - Public procurement and its impacts on public policy Governance - Strategic governance - Relationships between market, state and media - Partnership of public and civic sector - Systemic corruption Public Administration - Public administration reforms and their impact on public policy - Modernisation of public administration (comparison of the EU countries and design of modernisation models for the Czech Republic) - Decision making in public administration and its impact on public policies´ efficiency - Computerization of public administration as a support for public policies´ performance - Inspection systems of public administration as an instrument of efficient functioning of public policies - Public administration employees – their roles, competences, expectations Cross-cutting issues - Policy work and policy workers... [-]

PhD American Studies

University of Kent, Centre for American Studies
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

American Studies dates back to 1973 at the University of Kent. Since that time, we have built up an impressive range of materials at the University’s Templeman Library and forged strong research links with American research institutions and regional archives, especially in the US West. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. American Studies dates back to 1973 at the University of Kent. Since that time, we have built up an impressive range of materials at the University’s Templeman Library and forged strong research links with American research institutions and regional archives, especially in the US West. We offer an attractive postgraduate research bursary, in the form of the The Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarship that covers one year’s stay in the United States at costs up to £10,000. As one of the few UK institutions where staff actively research both traditional topics (such as slavery) and emerging fields of dominance (such as environmental problems and Native American writing), we offer an extremely good base for postgraduate study. Our work here is cutting edge and treats the American experience in a critical and reflective manner, with a welcome wide scope that includes Canada, Mexico and Central/South America. Staff interests broadly fit within the parameters of US literature, film, history, and politics, and Latin American studies. Our breadth of coverage is truly impressive, with staff working on visual culture, immigration literature and politics, the Cuban Revolution, military culture in Peru and Bolivia, hunting cultures in the American West, and Native American literature today. We actively welcome interdisciplinary projects that probe several areas of study. We also have three active research clusters: (1) The American West (2) The Study of US Environmental Issues (3) The Study of Race, Ethnicity and Borders. Centre facilities American Studies benefits from excellent library resources, and... [-]

PhD Research Degrees in Anthropology & Sociology

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as an 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. [+]

Research Degrees in Anthropology & Sociology In the first year, every MPhil student is appointed a three-person research committee comprising a principal supervisor, a second supervisor and the Research Tutor. MPhil students attend the weekly Research Training Seminar and the Research Methods course, and they take relevant language training. MPhil students may also be required to take additional regional, thematic or theory courses related to their chosen specialisation. Upon successful completion of a 20,000-word research report and fieldwork proposal, MPhil students are upgraded to PhD status and commence fieldwork. The fieldwork experience forms the basis of a 100,000-word dissertation which should demonstrate original thinking and make a significant contribution to the discipline. During the post-fieldwork period, PhD students attend the weekly post-fieldwork seminar and have the opportunity to present their work in progress. MPhil and PhD students are encouraged to attend the variety of seminars and workshops that take place across the School. Why a PhD in Anthropology Social anthropology is widely regarded by employers as an 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. Anthropologists have a global perspective when they come to make career choices. The speed and ease of worldwide communication networks is expanding the need to understand and interpret the socio-cultural patterns, values and life styles of others. Social anthropologists therefore find opportunity in diverse fields... [-]

PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy (PMFT)

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The PhD in MFT is an advanced course of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is grounded in a Christian worldview that presents a holistic perspective of human nature including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of maturation. [+]

PhDs in Sociology. PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy (PMFT) Introduction The PhD in MFT is an advanced course of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is grounded in a Christian worldview that presents a holistic perspective of human nature including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of maturation. The approach focuses on the strengths and the resiliency of family systems and communal resources to restore and build healthy family relationships. Systemic philosophy and models provide the basis for a therapeutic approach to mental health and relational restoration. Values of creativity, respect, compassion, excellence and accountability are promoted. Effective learning and preparation for professional service is believed to occur in an academic community of trust that practices justice, peace and human dignity. Goals of the Program To ensure quality higher education within a faithfully Christian learning environment that facilitates professional training and personal development. To prepare highly competent and top systemic scholars, educators, clinicians, consultants and researchers in the field of marriage and family therapy. To prepare marriage and family therapists who are self-reflective, ethically knowledgeable, culturally sensitive and clinically competent practitioners To train MFTs to bring a systemic perspective and clinical skill set to the mental health and therapeutic communities in Kenya and beyond. To develop a network of professionals whose work is sensitive to culture, gender, power, and inclusive of individual, family, and societal relations. Admission Requirements A Masters Degree, from an accredited University, in Systemic Family Therapy, Counselling Psychology, or other related mental... [-]