Doing a PhD in the Department of Sociological Studies - why Sheffield?

So, you want to do a research degree in Sociology, Social Policy or Social Work… but why choose Sheffield? We can offer you lots of reasons.

Vibrant research environment

The research environment of the Department includes a large and welcoming postgraduate cohort, academic and administrative staff with responsibility for postgraduate matters, research seminars, opportunities for publication and editorial work, and teaching opportunities.

The Department has a specialised postgraduate suite; facilities include desk space for each research student and PCs reserved for research student use, providing word-processing facilities, access to library catalogues, the Internet and a wide range of packages for handling databases, spreadsheets and statistical analysis. It also has a postgraduate research students' social space, which provides tables, chairsPostgraduate facilities photo and more comfortable seating for study, lunch and informal meetings.

Comprehensive research training

We provide a wide range of training opportunities and experiences, through both the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Training Partnership and the Social Science Doctoral Training Programme.

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences was established in 2011 with an investment from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide a national training centre for postgraduate researchers in social sciences. All our doctoral students have access to these training and development opportunities regardless of their funding source.

All postgraduate research students in the Department have the opportunity to develop a Doctoral Development Programme - a personalised programme of activities and training, designed by you and your supervisors to build your skills and increase your employability.

Excellent supervision and support

No less important is the quality of the supervision. Each research student has an experienced primary supervisor, with a secondary supervisor giving extra input. Dedicated, supportive supervision is vital to the successful completion of your degree, and that is what we offer.

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See details of our current research students and their topics