Welcome to Sociology at Keele

Sociology has been taught at Keele for over 50 years and we take pride in combining world-class research with lively and accessible teaching. We are strongly committed to providing an intellectually challenging and supportive space for students to learn and grow. Teaching is closely tied to our research interests. This means that you will be taught by enthusiastic staff who are closely involved in charting contemporary society and informing current sociological debate.

The Sociology programme is highly rated for both research and teaching. We are currently ranked in the top 16 Sociology Departments in the UK in the Complete University Guide and are very proud to have achieved a score of 98% for overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey. This result is reflected in what our students say about us.

Want to know more about why you should study Sociology at Keele? Browse our web pages from the tabs on the left or take a look at our blog, facebook and twitter pages to find out what we do. Alternatively you can contact us to ask a question.


Social Policy (Sociology) PhD Funding Opportunities – 2015-2016

As part of the range of funding opportunities for new Social Science PhD students for 2015-16, we are keen to recruit high quality research students in Sociology and welcome applications in areas relating to research specialisms in the Sociology team.

Particular areas of interest in Sociology are:

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Anti-Capitalism and Social Protest
  • Utopias and Social Imaginaries
  • Social Psychology
  • Globalisation and Global Cultures
  • Sociology of Media and Culture
  • New Media Cultures
  • Families
  • Childhood and Consumer Culture
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Gender and Consumption
  • Parenting and Motherhood
  • Ethnicity, Race, Migration
  • Urban Cultures
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Youth and Social Exclusion
  • Sociology of Health and Illness

The first step in the application process is to identify a suitable supervisor through our Research pages, then approach them with some ideas about what your research might involve. If your interests mesh, you will then work on developing a PhD proposal in time for the application deadline.  

If you have any queries or would like support in how to identify a supervisor or prepare an application, please contact Dr Mark Featherstone (m.a.featherstone@keele.ac.uk), Postgraduate Research Lead Sociology, Postgraduate Research Director for the Centre for Social Policy.