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Current MPhil Students

Where to get advice

The best source of practical information is the Moodle course site called MPhil Sociology (Raven log-in required), which contains your course handbook, with dates for submission of work, format of work, Department and Faculty administration, as well as resources, and a chat room. You can also find submission forms, essay topics and sample essays on Moodle.

Seminars and events

There is always plenty happening around the Department and Faculty. There is a series of weekly seminars by national and international speakers, which all are welcome to attend. You can find more information about this and other events in the University on the seminars and events page.

Bell Burnell Study Area (aka Grad attic)

The Bell Burnell Study Area (named after Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist and discoverer of radio pulsars) is a bright and welcoming space within the Faculty for PhD students to occupy temporary desks to undertake their research and writing. There are kitchen facilities as part of the area. MPhil student are welcome to use the social area and kitchen.

Coffee gatherings

Graduate students organise coffee gatherings, usually once a week in the graduate attic to which PhD and MPhil students are welcome. Exact dates and times are announced via the student mailing lists.

Mailing lists

All MPhil students are on the MPhil mailing list through which important information and the weekly sociology noticeboard email are disseminated. Students can also contact the group via this list, but are asked to keep traffic to a minimum.

Students and student representatives

Each year, a student is elected to represent all graduate students of the Faculty. In the Department of Sociology this graduate student representative is assisted by one or two PhD delegates. These delegates are invited to attend the departmental meetings and the Graduate Education Committee to raise concerns and issues. New MPhil delegates are elected each November.

Academic Staff Term Time Office Hours
Prof Patrick Baert appointment by email
Dr Brendan Burchell Tu. 4.15-5.10; Th. 12.15-1.00, Magdalene College Pepys LC3
Dr Manali Desai Wed 10.00-12.00, Phoenix Room P25
Dr Olivier Driessens

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Prof Sarah Franklin appointment by email
Dr Maria Iacovou appointment by email
Dr Hazem Kandil appointment by email
Prof Larry King appointment by email
Dr Ella McPherson appointment by email
Dr Jeff Miley appointment by email
Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa Term time: Thu. 3.00-4.00, Sociology Room 729; Vacation: appt by email
Dr Mark Ramsden appointment by email
Prof Jacqueline Scott appointment by email
Dr Matthew Sparkes appointment by email
Prof John Thompson appointment by email
Dr Darin Weinberg appointment by email