Sociology at the OU has an international reputation for the high quality of its research. We place particular emphasis on analysing the relationships between culture and the social, comparative, historical and critical work, theorisation of social and political thought. Please visit the individual staff profiles for further information on research interests.
The application deadline (for both funded and self-funded students) is 11 January for all applicants wishing to begin their studies on 1 October of that same calendar year.
For those wishing to begin their studies on 1 February, the application deadline is 31 August of the previous calendar year.
More information on the PhD Programme in Sociology can be found below.
Postgraduates are considered vital in maintaining and expanding our research profile. We therefore welcome high-quality applications from enthusiastic and talented students and prospective applicants are encouraged to browse our current and recently completed student pages above.
It should be noted that we also co-supervise PhD students across the Faculty in, for example, Social Policy, Music, Religious Studies as well as in Computer Science and Digital Cultures.
Our research interests focus on the following themes.
Embodiment, Physical Culture, and the Senses
Working on this area is: Dr Kevin McSorley, Jessica Evans
Emotions, Intimacy and the Psychosocial
Sex and Gender, Gender Regimes, Gender Relations
Health, Illness and Technology
Working on this area is Dr Simon Carter, Dr Kathryn Medien
Media, Migration and Technology
Working on this area is Professor Marie Gillespie
Migration, Diaspora and Citizenship
Organisations: Systemic and Psychoanalytical Approaches
Working on this area: Jessica Evans
Racism, Anti-Racism, Imperialism, (Post)-Colonialisms and the Global South
Prof. Umut Erel, Prof. Marie Gillespie, Dr Ece Kocabıçak, Dr Kathryn Medien
Urbanism, Cities and Social Change
Working on this area is Prof Sophie Watson.
War, Political Violence and Militarism;
Working on this area is: Dr Kevin McSorley