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Department of Sociology


On this page you can find a collection of links to useful resources and training programmes that can assist you in your studies.


Moodle is a virtual learning environment where you can find all of the Sociology course information, reading lists, lecture slides and handouts. For Postgraduates, it is also the place to submit your work, as well as find your marks and feedback. For any questions about using Moodle, please contact the Undergraduate Secretary (undergrads) or the Senior Graduate Administrator (postgrads).

iDiscover (Online Library)

You can use iDiscover to find academic articles and readings. Visit the Libguides website to learn more about on how to use iDiscover (including advanced searching techniques), using your library account and requesting and renewing books from libraries across the university.


The Library Essentials Guide covers everything you need to know about the libraries at Cambridge University. At Cambridge, you benefit from access to one of the world’s largest university collections, dispersed across a range of libraries, from your own College and the subject-specific holdings for Sociology (the Seeley and Haddon Libraries) as well as the main University Library. You might also find useful materials in the Marshall Library of the Faculty of Economics (Sidgwick Site), the Geography Library (Downing Site), the Psychology Library (Downing Site) and the Whipple Library (History of Science, on the New Museums Site). You may need to register at these latter libraries by presenting the library staff with your University Card. 

There is also general advice about good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism as well as a critical reading course, a guide to literature searching, a guide to research skills for graduate students, and a guide to reading on screens.


Study spaces

You can use Spacefinder to search for a place to study across the hundreds of libraries, cafes and classrooms in Cambridge, filtering by facilities, noise level and atmosphere.

Research & Methods Training

Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods (CUQM)

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.

Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP)

The SSRMP provides an interdisciplinary programme of 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.​

Skills Portal

The University of Cambridge Skills Portal contains a range of resources and information to help you plan your professional and research development.

Careers Service

The University of Cambridge Careers Service helps undergraduates and postgraduates alike maximise their employability with one-to-one guidance consultations, CV boosters and other career events.

Useful Links

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) visit: Computing and IT resources

Sociology Mailing List

If you would like to find out about lectures, seminars and other events at the Department, you can subscribe to the Faculty's mailing list. Please contact the Departmental Secretary to be added to this list.

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.

Download the Reference Letter Request Form.