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Current MPhil Students

Where to get advice

The best source of practical information is the Moodle course site called MPhil Sociology (Raven log-in required), which contains your course handbook, with dates for submission of work, format of work, Department and Faculty administration, as well as resources, and a chat room. You can also find submission forms, essay topics and sample essays on Moodle. You can also download a copy of the Student Life Guide- written by students- for students. 

Seminars and events

There is always plenty happening around the Department and Faculty. There is a series of weekly seminars by national and international speakers, which all are welcome to attend. You can find more information about this and other events in the University on the seminars and events page.

Bell Burnell Study Area (aka Grad attic)

The Bell Burnell Study Area (named after Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist and discoverer of radio pulsars) is a bright and welcoming space within the Faculty for PhD students to occupy temporary desks to undertake their research and writing. There are kitchen facilities as part of the area. MPhil student are welcome to use the social area and kitchen.

Coffee gatherings

Graduate students organise coffee gatherings, usually once a week in the graduate attic to which PhD and MPhil students are welcome. Exact dates and times are announced via the student mailing lists.

Mailing lists

All MPhil students are on the MPhil mailing list through which important information and the weekly sociology noticeboard email are disseminated. Students can also contact the group via this list, but are asked to keep traffic to a minimum.

Students and student representatives

Each year, a student is elected to represent all graduate students of the Faculty. In the Department of Sociology this graduate student representative is assisted by one or two PhD delegates. These delegates are invited to attend the departmental meetings and the Graduate Education Committee to raise concerns and issues. New MPhil delegates are elected each November.

Academic Staff Term Time Office Hours 

Prof Patrick Baert       appointment by email

Dr Mwenza Blell          on leave in 2017-18

Dr Brendan Burchell    on leave in Mich 2017 & Lent 2018; appointment by email in Easter 2018

Dr Manali Desai           Wed 10.00-12.00, Phoenix Room 25

Dr Teije Donker           appointment by email

Prof Sarah Franklin      appointment by email

Dr Maria Iacovou         appointment by email

Dr Hazem Kandil          on leave in 2017-18

Dr Ella McPherson       appointment by email

Dr Jeff Miley                 appointment by email

Dr Monica  Figueroa    appointment by email

Dr Mark Ramsden        appointment by email

Prof Jacqueline Scott   appointment by email

Dr Matthew Sparkes   appointment by email

Prof John Thompson   appointment by email

Dr Darin Weinberg      appointment by email