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Department of Sociology


The Department of Sociology is committed to supporting the learning and wellbeing of our students during the coronavirus pandemic.

We know that this unprecedented time is challenging and uncertain for all of us, and we want the Department to be a site of community and support for all of its students and wider members. To that end, we have put together information below related to adjustments due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which we will update as more information becomes available.  

Wellbeing Notice: Advice for safeguarding your mental and physical health during the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the university student wellbeing website.

Page last updated 30/09/2021

Departmental Premises

The Sociology department is now open on a limited basis to PhD students and staff booked onto the desk rota. The desk rota will be circulated via email each Friday, and those granted permission to enter are required to use the new login system by the entrance to the Department to check in and out using their University card.

Library Access

The University Library is now offering a blend of online, zero-contact and bookable in-person services: click the link to find all the information you need about loans, online resources, remote assistance and more. In addition, zero-contact services have been developed to enable students safe access to the texts they need for their studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching Policy

The department is pursuing a ‘blended learning’ model that will consist of combinations of online and in-person teaching. Specific arrangements will be communicated via the Moodle course for each paper. For more information, please download our Teaching Update (Michaelmas 2021).

Assessments and Exams

For information about changes due to coronavirus, please refer to the University announcement on assessment and support. Specific examination arrangements for Sociology undergraduates will be communicated via the SOC Part II Moodle.


We recognise that some students may become ill, or need to care for others affected by coronavirus. Students can find out about intermission procedures online, and should reach out if they need any assistance or advice. Undergraduate students are advised to contact their Tutors and their Directors of Studies at their Colleges. Postgraduate students are advised to contact their supervisor at the Department. We recommend affected students reach out the relevant persons as soon as possible to explore their options.  

Staying Safe

The Department recognises the unique pressures placed upon students at this difficult time. We strongly encourage students to follow official advice from the Government, NHS and Public Health England regarding personal hygiene and social distancing, as well as taking reasonable precautions such as avoiding unnecessary travel and consulting the FCO for travel advice.

Mental Health

We would encourage everyone to try to keep in regular touch with friends, family, colleagues and social networks as a way to stay connected and to get support. Students can also consult our Support & Wellbeing page for information about the mental health services available through the Unviersity.

Keeping Connected

Despite all the disruption, we are hopeful we can also discover new ways to connect across our academic community, and create spaces for shared learning and research that may even go beyond what we’re used to in Cambridge. We will continue to explore options for facilitating online interactions and keep students updated on these efforts. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult time, and know that the Department is committed to ensuring that all students can get the most out of their degrees and time with us.

Further information

The Cambridge University Students Union has compiled a compendium of useful information for students, which you can access via the SU website.

Please check the University notices for more information. Do be aware that the uncertain nature of the current situation means that any advice may be subject to rapid change. 


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