Sociology and Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a vibrant group of academic researchers whose work helped achieve outstanding results in Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Staff in Sociology and Criminology are able to offer supervision of research degrees in many areas, including:

Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. To arrange this please contact Dr Stephen Morris, Sociology Research Degrees Coordinator.

For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrator: - 0161 247 5412

More about research degrees and how to apply

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

How to apply for a distance learning PhD

Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the Sociology Research Excellence Framework 2014 submission (REF2014), more than 2/3 of research was ranked either internationally leading or world-leading (3* and 4*) while Sociology is ranked in the top 10 of Sociology submissions for Impact. Meanwhile, in the Social Policy and Social Work submission 60% of research was also ranked of 3* or 4* star quality.

Sociology Research

Researchers within Sociology belong to the Research Centre in Applied Social Sciences (RCASS). The aim of RCASS is to produce critically-engaged, high quality research that challenges common-sense ways about how we think about the world and our place in it. RCASS provides an inter-disciplinary home for critical research that contributes to policy-making debates and decision-making, while genuinely impacting upon the work and strategies of local organisations and communities. This is an ethos that we hope our postgraduate students will fully engage with through the opportunities provided to then through, for example, the Humanities in Public programme of events and Research Space, a timetabled space in which staff and research students get together to discuss research issues.

The department is also home to The Policy Evaluation Research Unit and The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.