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Department of Sociology


  COVID-19 Notice

Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and government guidance, the Department of Sociology has had to make some changes to its teaching programme in order to mitigate against risks to health, and to give students the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. Students should be aware that in 2020 all Sociology lectures will be delivered online. For more details please visit our MPhil and PhD offer holders' FAQs, as well as our Coronavirus Information page.

**Lent Term 2021 will take place entirely online**

Students should not return to Cambridge in Lent Term 2021 unless they fall within one of the specially specified categories. Students who are not in one of those categories should remain where they are, and start their term online. Students who are currently in Cambridge should remain in Cambridge. Read the Vice Chancellor's full statement.

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 Tallulah Eyres (MPhil), Sophie-Marie Niang and Susan Jean (PhD).

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.


Please consult our page on study resources and methods trainings for more information about accessing readings and course materials during the pandemic, as well as the new zero-contact library services. Postgraduate students may be interested in taking courses offered on the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme.


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, including:

  • Personal Development Skills
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Professional Research Skills
  • Interdisciplinary Skills
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • Career Management Skills

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.


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.