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Department of Sociology


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 and Hannah Peterson (PhD), Yuke Huang and Anna Rimkus (MPhil).

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 offices are located in Free School Lane in the centre of Cambridge.  


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.


The Department of Sociology's Sociology Seminar Series take place in person and on-line during Michaelmas and Lent terms.  Our research groups also run events and meetings throughout the year. Events are often recorded and recordings can be found here.

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.