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.

PhD training in the Faculty of Social Sciences 

As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences you will have access to world class training alongside your doctoral study. The Social Sciences Doctoral Training programme is tailored to your individual needs to ensure you have the right skills you need to develop your research.

The training programme is designed to exceed current UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) training and development guidelines, and gives all our social science PhD students access to ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership cohort activities, regardless of your source of funding.

Bespoke methods training is designed and delivered through the Sheffield Methods Institute which  has world class research expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods. All our students receive interdisciplinary training and experience opportunities via the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, and additional discipline specific training is provided in each of our departments.

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.

More about supervision

See details of our current research students and their topics