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Graduate Admissions

In view of the COVID-19 public health emergency we may need to make changes to the course details outlined on these pages. Offers holders will be notified of changes. Please see this page for further information.

Course closed:

Sociology (Political and Economic Sociology) is no longer accepting new applications.

This MPhil pathway is designed to give students a basic understanding of major themes and debates in political and economic sociology. There are eight core lectures that students are expected to attend during Michaelmas term. The topics may vary from year to year and include all or some of the following - capitalist development, democracy and capitalism, nationalism and gender, populism,  empire and post-colonial states, and environmental catastrophe, among others. Prospective students are therefore encouraged to check if they are concerned about the coverage of specific topics in the year of entry.

Other substantive modules may also have an economic sociology component, and these would complement the core modules well. In addition, all students must attend the module on comparative historical research methods as well as one other methods module to be decided in consultation with their supervisor.

The seminar-style teaching aims at developing an understanding of core concepts in the field and sub-fields, to identify an overarching understanding of the field(s), key debates, theoretical developments, and methodological advances, and to develop skills of exposition and communication in these areas.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme students should have:

  • an advanced understanding of current sociological research on selected topics;
  • skills necessary to conduct independent social research and experience in their use;
  • an ability to apply and develop key concepts and theories with respect to empirical topics;
  • a deeper understanding of their chosen specialist area, including command of the literature and current research; and
  • the ability to situate their own research within current developments in the field.


Students from a wide range of backgrounds attend the course, which is designed to enable the application of more specialist knowledge of political and economic sociology in a variety of fields, including government, social policy, law, journalism, third sector, as well as academia. MPhil students who would like to continue to the PhD would normally need to have a final mark of at least 70 per cent overall and 70 per cent on the dissertation.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Sociology


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
April 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019