Graduate Study

The Department of Sociology welcomes the best graduate students from all over the world. They join a community of about a hundred students who enjoy first-class facilities for studying as well as the opportunity to advance the leading edge of the discipline. Each year about thirty students enter our taught programme (MSc and MPhil degrees), which provides the theoretical and methodological foundations for advanced research. Eighty students are currently engaged in original research (for the DPhil degree). At the Undergraduate level, Sociology is studied as part of three interdisciplinary degrees. Many of our students come from the United Kingdom and other European countries; we also attract students from all over the world, from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe which makes for a diverse student culture and a vibrant learning environment. We prepare students for academic careers in the field, but we also celebrate the substantial number of our graduates working in government, in diplomatic services, and in senior positions in the private sector.


Formal application is made online through the University's Graduate Admissions office and not through the Department itself, please visit the University's application webpage. Information on all of the courses availability, eligibility criteria, deadlines and supporting material information required by the Department is supplied on the University of Oxford's Sociology webpage. Applicants with further enquiries on the application process should refer to the Graduate Admissions Enquiries webpage.