Sociology and Social Anthropology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jan 30, 2024
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PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology

The doctoral program encourages theoretically driven empirical research that embraces cross-disciplinary perspectives on a wide range of topics related to the department’s expertise. Of special interest are projects that promote: the integration of sociological and anthropological perspectives as well as methodologies; comparative approaches to urban processes; economic formations and transformations; research on social networks; generation of inequalities; meanings and practices of gender; transnational migration and dynamics of place-making; and social movements. A year of rigorous, yet flexible, coursework will prepare you for a year of research, followed by an extended period of writing.

What you will study

During the first year of the doctoral program, students undertake a rigorous, yet flexible program of coursework. Alongside mandatory courses developing epistemological and methodological approaches to sociology and social anthropology, elective courses provide in-depth studies of different subject areas. Students also have the option to undertake a semester-long Independent Study Module where a maximum of two students, under the supervision of one faculty member, devise a reading list related to their project.

Sample Courses

  • Transnational Migration
  • Comparative Thinking
  • Theory and Research in Contemporary Macro-sociology
  • Social Network Analysis
  • State, Power and Resistance
  • Economic Sociology
  • Independent Study Module
  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a social science discipline
  • Research proposal and bibliography
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of purpose

Fund your studies

In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Learn more at

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