MPhil/PhD Visual Sociology

Goldsmiths, University of London
3-6 years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available

About this program

MPhil/PhD Visual Sociology

We offer MPhil and PhD research programmes in Sociology for full or part-time study.

The Department of Sociology is home to some 40 scholars and researchers whose work is known and cited internationally.

We offer a stimulating research environment for undertaking postgraduate research in a wide range of sociological fields, including:

  • race, ethnicity, religion and nationalism
  • gender and social life
  • sociology of culture
  • inventive and sensory methods
  • urban culture, world cities, economies and social exclusion
  • migration
  • medicine and the life-sciences, health, illness and disability
  • science and technology
  • children and young people
  • human rights and political sociology
  • socio-legal studies and global justice
  • social and cultural theory
  • political theory and political sociology
  • philosophy of social sciences
  • visual sociology

We particularly encourage cross- and interdisciplinary research in emerging fields of study and creative practice.

The MPhil/PhD in Visual Sociology offers candidates the opportunity to submit a portfolio of practical work as part of their thesis alongside a reduced textual component. The programme is supported by the Visual Sociology Lab, providing access to an extensive range of technical resources for audio/visual production.

Admission requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area, of at least high merit standard. We normally also expect an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard.

You might also be considered if you are not a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

You do not need a degree or MA in Sociology to apply to do a PhD in Sociology, but you will need to be familiar with sociological ideas and debates. If you don’t have a background in sociology, you may be required to sit additional courses in order that you become familiar with the discipline.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for more information.


  • Home - full-time: £4500
  • Home - part-time: £2250
  • International - full-time: £15360

Career paths

You will develop advanced research skills covering a wide range of qualitative and practice-based sociological methods, and an ability to develop advanced and extended forms of written argument and scholarly practice.

Our PhD students have taken up academic posts in sociology and related fields all over the world. Some have joined NGOs, GOs, or companies in the private sector, and taken employment as researchers, teachers, designers, and managers.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...

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At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies. We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.

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8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
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