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Department of Sociology


  COVID-19 Notice

Key Information

We recommend all students begin by reading their respective handbooks (MPhil or PhD), which provide a useful overview of each programme.


Course information for each programme can be found on their respective moodle pages. These pages contain the relevant course handbook, with dates for submission of work, format of work, Department and Faculty administration, as well as submission forms and example submissions for essays and reports.

Postgraduate Reps

The postgraduate reps are appointed to represent their cohort to the postgraduate education committee (PEC) as well as supporting community building activities within their cohort. This year's postgraduate reps are Simone Schneider (2nd Year PhD), Allison Quinlan and Hao Li (MPhil), others tbc

Microsoft Teams

We encourage all postgraduate students to download and install the Microsoft Teams app, which you can use to create online study groups as well as it being the recommended platform for supervisions. You can read our Teams Guide for Students for information about installing and using Teams.

Departmental Premises

The Department of Sociology premises at 16 Mill Lane are now closed due to the national lockdown. PhD students with specific, significant justification for requiring to work in the department are advised to email the Department Administrator for permission to renew their access to the premises.


For the latest University guidance on travelling abroad for research purposes, please visit the University website. For details on the ethical approval process at the department please visit our research website.


Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice” is a new online programme for Masters and PhD students to develop a range of personal and professional skills to help build their research profile. The programme is provided by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), and is just one of a range of training programmes on offer at the University.

Hardship Funding

Postgraduate students who are financially in need due to Covid-19, where costs do not relate to immediate one-off costs, may apply to the PG Hardship Fund for assistance. The awards are intended to support students who would otherwise be unable to continue or complete their research or study, and whose financial hardship has occured unexpectedly during the course.


Despite the pandemic, the Department of Sociology is keen to continue its regular events programme. This year's Sociology Seminar Series will take place online, and students can browse recordings of past events at the Department, as well as checking out our research groups.

Social Media

For more updates, please follow the Department on Twitter and Facebook, you may also want to join the Sociology PhD Facebook group. There is also an expanding collection of videos of Sociology events on the Department's YouTube Channel.