Research Degrees in

Sociology and Criminology

in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


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:

  • Youth
  • Urban Cultures
  • Sexualities
  • Quantitative Methods and Big Data
  • Criminal Justice and Policy Innovation

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 (PERU) and The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS).

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

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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