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PhD in Socio-Cultural Studies

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The application deadline for this programme is 14th July 2017.

PhD in Socio-Cultural Studies Programme Handbook 2016/17

Welcome

Edinburgh is one of the leading international centres of excellence for postgraduate study in Sociology. From Adam Ferguson to Erving Goffman, Edinburgh Sociology has a long historical tradition of producing some of the world's leading figures in the discipline. In 2014 we were ranked 16th in world, and together with Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) we have been rated as first* in the UK for quality and breadth of research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014).

PhD research in Socio-cultural studies at Edinburgh is located in Sociology in the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, which brings together Sociology, Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, Social Policy and Social Work. We offer programmes of graduate study leading to a PhD in Sociology or PhD in Socio-Cultural studies, an MSc by Research in Sociology, and an MSc by Research in Socio-Cultural Studies. Our aim in relation to Socio-cultural studies is train students in scholarly and practical sociological research grounded in qualitative methods.

Socio-Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary area of research. Ideas about culture have always been of interest across the social sciences, both as a synonym for the social and in the sense of popular and elite culture. The development of Cultural Studies over the last few decades has challenged disciplinary preserves on such matters. The PhD in Socio-Cultural Studies helps students develop a sociologically informed and interdisciplinary exploration of sociocultural topics, theories and methodologies, to underpin ‘hands-on’ research in these areas of inquiry.

In addition to world class Sociological (and STIS) research, we also have particular expertise in social studies of finance; nationalism and national identity; digital cultures; gender; personal life and intimacy; sociology of emotions; energy and sustainability; comparative/historical sociology; quantitative and qualitative methods; social theory; political sociology; social demography; narrative, biography and the sociology of culture; and the sociology of South and East Asia.

We belong to a number of leading research centres, such as the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQUMeN), South Asian Studies and Canadian Studies.

Just as we remain deeply committed to investigating the social world globally and cross-culturally, from Scotland to the UK and beyond, we also greatly value the diversity of our vibrant international community of postgraduate students – from the UK, western and eastern Europe, the Nordic countries, Russia, North America, Asia and Africa. This diversity is also reflected in the wide variety of intellectual interests of our recent graduates’ dissertation projects.

You can find out more about applying here. Information about funding can be found here.

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