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Sociology of health and medicine

The sociology of health and medicine critically analyses: medical and healthcare systems; the production of medical and health knowledge and practice; the social, material and cultural effects of medical and healthcare practice; historical sociology analysing the changing roles of medicine and health in society; and the role of health-related sciences and technologies within society.

The sociology group offers specialist supervision in the substantive areas of the sociology of health and medicine and science and technology studies (as applied to health). We also provide instruction and expertise in a broad range of innovative research methodologies and general sociology.

Students studying these research topics will gain and contribute knowledge in the major areas that are relevant to health policy and sociological theory. 

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Simon Carter – historical sociology, STS, sociology of sunlight, digital health,  sociology of health and illness
  • Dr Liz McFall – historical sociology, insurance and health, digital health and wearable technology

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 654558

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.