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With impressive credentials and a supportive atmosphere, our innovative Department is driven by excellence in both research and teaching.

The Department of Sociology is ranked 1st for research impact and 4th in the UK for research overall according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).

MA in Sociology by Research

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In addition to the Department's taught course route, it is also possible for students to undertake their MA in Sociology by Research Dissertation. Students taking this route would be expected to undertake a rigorous piece of independent research working closely with their supervisor.

MPhil and PhD in Sociology

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Our publications are rated as internationally world leading and the impact of our research has the highest possible rating. We encourage PhD and MPhil applicants from all over the world to join us in one of the best Departments for sociological research in the UK.

The Department of Sociology at York is ranked 4th in the UK by the Times Higher Education Ranking for research quality in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

MPhil and PhD in Language and Communication

The PhD in Language and Communication is an interdisciplinary programme involving Education, Language and Linguistic Science, Psychology and Sociology. It focuses on investigating language as it is used in the real world and the processes which underpin it. 

PHD Sociology: Bioscience and Society

This degree enables you to study within the  (SATSU) which is an internationally recognised social science research centre exploring the dynamics, practices, and possibilities of contemporary science and technology.

If your research interests fall into this area contact Richard Tutton:

Research degrees