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Department of Sociology


Where to get advice

The best source of practical information is the Moodle course site called PhD Sociology, which contains your course handbook, with dates for submission of work, format of work, Department and Faculty administration, as well as resources.

Additionally to the course handbook the Student Registry's Code of Practice for Graduate Students provides a comprehensive description of the relationships between students, supervisors, and the Student Registry.

There is also a Facebook group for Sociology PhDs to share questions and advice.

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 departmental events here.


Graduate students organise informal gatherings, usually once a week in the department or around the university to which PhD and MPhil students are welcome. Exact dates and times are announced via the student mailing lists.

Supervision rooms

The Department has a number of  rooms for undergraduate supervision that PhD students can book via the receptionist Jolanda Aldis-Clarke (, 01223 334520).

Mailing lists

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

Students and student representatives

A list of PhD students in the Department is maintained on the Department's Research Site. Once you have completed your first year report, you can use the Profile Update Form to add your personal profile to the website.

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. The current delegate is Joe Davidson.