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Department of Sociology



SPS Library (Sociology, Land Economy)

The SPS library houses an impressive range of books and journals specific to the Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies, and has a range of study spaces for students to use. Sociology students can also make use of their free printing credit on

The SPS Library is situated in the New Museums Site. The nearest entrance is via the Free School Lane Gate (open until 18:30 Mon-Fri and until 14:00 on Saturday), which is situated near to the top end of the road (Bene't Street end).

Links to Other Libraries

University Library
Institute of Criminology Library
Haddon Library
Marshall Library
Department of Geography Library
Mill Lane Library 


IT Support and Assistance

For assistance with any aspect of IT or Computing, please contact the IT Helpdesk via  or for more information (including additional contact details) refer to the link below.

More on Computing and IT resources

Online Lecture Resources, Moodle

The Departments within HSPS can use Moodle to publish handouts and other information to students. For more information, contact the Department's teaching office or visit the Computing and IT pages.

SPS Intranet

The SPS Intranet ( is a repository for various items, including meeting dates and application forms etc for Faculty/Departmental use.

Department mailing list

If you would like to find out about seminars and other events of interest to people within the wider Faculty, you can subscribe to the Faculty's mailing list. Please contact the department via:

Equipment Loan Form

The Department has equipment available for loan for our students and staff. Our equipment includes creative media equipment that can be used for academic projects, as well as radiators and fans for learning spaces.

Please click here to view a list of our resources and to access the request form. 

All equipment can be collected from Admin staff who are based in 16 Mill Lane. 

Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods

Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods (CUQM) was established in 2014 and is dedicated to improving the provision of quantitative methods training to social science and humanities undergraduates at the University of Cambridge.
Click here for more information on the CUQM

Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP)

An interdisciplinary programme providing research methods training to University of Cambridge staff and postgraduate students at MPhil and PhD level. Courses cover qualitative, and quantitative research methods, from basic training to advanced statistical analysis.​

What training is provided?

  • Basic Statistics
  • Specialist Statistics
  • Introductions to Statistical Software Packages
  • Elements of Social Science Research

Find out more

Reference Letter Request Form

The Department has devised a new reference letter policy designed to support the efforts of referees in producing timely and well-informed letters. Those seeking letters should fill out the attached form and send it to their referee at least 14 days ahead of the deadline.  

Students should approach their director of studies, tutors and/or UTOs (University Teaching Offices) for letters in the first instance.

Though we endeavour to support applicants whenever possible, it is not always possible to write letters for referees, and this timescale allows the letter requester to turn around and ask someone else for a letter should their first referee not be available.  Should the letter requester need a reference to be sent to multiple destinations, a consideration of the use of a reference manager service like Interfolio should be made.

You can download the Reference Letter Request Form here.

Careers Service

The Careers Service has moved to the Student Services Centre and is open for appointments (Raven login required). Visit their website for further information.

Skills Portal

Click here for more information regarding the Cambridge University Skills Portal

Resourcing & Procurement

The Department of Sociology takes their commitment to sustainable procurement seriously, ensuring that preferred suppliers are always approached as the first purchasing option in order to comply with Finance regulations, energy efficiency requirements, and also ensuring that the green credentials of suppliers and products have been evaluated by the Purchasing Working Group.

Before purchasing new large office equipment the Department has made a pledge to ensure that it cannot first be sourced elsewhere: Guide to buying second-hand equipment

Our dedicated Environment and Energy Coordinators communicate regularly with the University's Environment and Sustainability Team regarding the acquisition of more sustainable suppliers for the University as a whole, and also have strong links with Estates Management. The Department also regularly use WARPit, (the University's free, online tool for anyone based at the University of Cambridge) to dispose of unwanted items in an ethical manner, and source good quality second-hand items, where appropriate.



For Staff
Practical help when buying common items
Purchasing information via the Environment and Energy Section 

More advice on procurement and:

Find out more about the University's Procurement Services

A World Leader

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for teaching and research in Sociology, consistently ranked first in UK league tables by The Guardian, The Times, and the Independent.