Sociology of health and medicine

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

  • Digital Health

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Simon Carter – historical sociology, STS, sociology of sunlight, digital health,  sociology of health and illness

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

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

Professor Marie Gillespie
Email: FASS-Sociology-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654558

Apply now

If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.