Information for current students

On this page, you will find some useful information to help you with student life around the Department. If you have any questions, please visit the Department of Sociological Studies Enquiry Desk (open Monday to Friday, 10am - 2pm) or contact us on 0114 222 6403.

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The University of Sheffield Sociology Society (SocSoc) is run by fellow Sociology students to enable you to feel comfortable in your new department and meet lots of like minded people. Being a SocSoc member not only gets you involved in the society but enables you to take part in our activities at a cheaper price, gives you discounts at various popular bars & ensures discounts on SocSoc merchandise.

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Skills and careers

The University Careers service offers a wide range of support for students in all years of study. Usual opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm (except Tuesday 11am - 5pm) You can also book advice session up to five days in advance by visiting the Careers Service or by phoning 0114 2220910.

Don't forget that you can visit the 'Employability and Developing Your Skills' section of MOLE (My Online Learning Environment) to access a whole range of useful information to help you make the most of your student experience, enhance your skills and prepare yourself for a bright future after University. On MOLE, you'll also find the Sociological Studies Employability Handbook, which explains how your employability is enhanced by studying for an undergraduate sociology and/or social policy degree.

Here are some skills development and careers information that you may find useful:

Postgraduate Advantage Scheme

Interested in undertaking an internship?

We have bursaries that could support you to do just that.

The Postgraduate Advantage scheme provides internship bursaries for taught postgraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The internships can fit around your studies and support will be provided to you through the scheme.

Successful applicants will receive a £1000 bursary from the University to undertake a 100-hour internship through this scheme. This can be used as payment for undertaking the Internship, travel or living expenses.

This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Apply skills you are gaining within your degree to the workplace;
  • Further enhance your CV;
  • Gain an insight into a particular career or industry;
  • Build your network of professional contacts.

You have the opportunity to approach an organisation of your choice or apply for one of the roles which we have already sourced. Internships can take place at charities, community groups, small commercial firms and those in the public sector.

The internships will be awarded on a competitive basis to students who can demonstrate that the experience will benefit them professionally. We have a limited number of bursaries available for each department and we would recommend that you visit the website to register your interest before you miss out.

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Placements and employment experience

There are a variety of placements that may be available to you while you're at the University of Sheffield. Whether you are looking for a short term placement over the summer or a year in industry, we can help you find the perfect scheme to help you gain the experience that will enhance your skills and employability.

SURE: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience

SURE offers The University of Sheffield's undergraduate students an opportunity to become directly involved in the research activity of the University, take part in "real life" research projects in subject areas that are of special interest, and experience what it's like to work in partnership with academic staff or collaboratively in a research group.

Skills for Work Certificate

The Skills for Work Certificate is designed to help you use your experience gained from work to demonstrate to future employers that you have the necessary skills to perform in the workplace. It will also help you to learn more about yourself and your career options.

Other useful links:

Careers Service Sociological Studies

General University Careers Service

301: Student Skills and Development Centre

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Picture of student Winona Shaw on Erasmus schemeErasmus and Study Abroad

A degree in the Department of Sociological Studies will challenge you to address the biggest issues facing the world and see them from a new perspective. To boost your learning experience and broaden your horizons throughout your time at Sheffield, there are two schemes through which you can apply to study abroad.


Erasmus is a great opportunity to spend between three and 12 months in another European country, and have it count towards your degree. All students in the Department who are interested in Erasmus should contact the Department’s Study Abroad Adviser, Dr Alex Dennis, as early as possible in their first year.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad programme gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons globally. You have the chance to study at a university in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA as part of your undergraduate degree studies without extending the length of your course. You will receive full academic recognition for the time you spend studying abroad and in addition, you won’t be asked to pay any tuition fees to your host institution – you will simply pay applicable tuition fees to Sheffield. If you think you will be interested in the Study Abroad scheme, you should speak to the Department’s Study Abroad Adviser, Dr Alex Dennis, as soon as possible in semester one of your first year.

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Student Services Information Desk (SSID)

SSID is a one-stop shop for student services. If you need course information, Exam details, if things aren't going right, have money worries, or you just need a form or dates for your diary, SSID can help.

Student-Staff Committee

A great way to get involved and find out a bit more how the department works is to join the Student-Staff Committee. It meets four times a year and has representation from all courses and programmes. It's an opportunity to contribute your views and those of others on your course. Find out more

Student feedback

We welcome feedback from students and use the information to improve your experience of learning and teaching. Find out more about the ways in which you can give us your feedback.