Key Facts

Subject area: Sociology
Programme: PhD / MPhil
Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MPhil – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Starting Date: Any time of the year
Entry Requirements: See here
International entry requirements We accept a range of qualifications from other institutions.
Standard English Language requirements apply. Details here.

Research in Sociology at Keele is clustered around four main areas: family, community and domestic life; consumerism, everyday life and contemporary culture; globalisation, risk and anxiety; urban spaces and cultures.  Other important areas of research are in social theory; migration; health; ageing; gender and sexualities.   



Research students in Sociology have dedicated office space in the Moser Building where the social science research institutes are located. This is the site of a developing community of postgraduate scholars and research staff.  Research training and courses to enhance the employability skills of our research students are provided by the Graduate school and students are encouraged to participate in these.  There is a well established sociology seminar series which runs throughout the year and includes both internal and external speakers.  Two ESRC-funded seminar series are held by members of the sociology research group.   


Research staff and students

Members of the Sociology group present their work at national and international conferences and publish widely.  Recent and forthcoming publications include work on social theory and space, utopia and dystopia, friendship, confession, consumption, childhood, sexualities and research methods  Staff are currently involved in the research supervision of research students working in a diverse range of areas including ‘third culture’ children, intergenerational policy and services, and issues around migration and globalisation.  

  • Consumption, domestic life and material culture
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Ethnicities
  • Family, parenting and personal relationships
  • Globalisation
  • Health and illness
  • Media and cultural studies
  • Migration and mobilities
  • Risk and anxiety
  • Social and Cultural theory
  • Subculture
  • Urban spaces
  • Utopianism

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
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