Want to know what it's like to be a Sociological Studies student at Sheffield? Have a look at the case studies below from our current students and graduates, who share their experiences in the department and tell us what they have enjoyed the most.
Our single honours degree pathways
I have learned that university is not about working 24/7. It’s about meeting new people, trying new things and developing as a person
Robin Todd Graduate, BA Sociology
Robin felt nervous and reserved at the beginning of his university journey. Throughout his undergraduate studies however, Robin grew in confidence and went on to become a trusted Student Ambassador for the Department of Sociological Studies, who was passionate about ensuring that Open Day talks became as inclusive as possible for all prospective students who may be nervous about taking the next step to university life.
The hands-on research skills I gained meant I could step into my career as a social researcher with plenty of experience behind me already
Georgina Culliford Graduate, BA Sociology
Georgina instantly felt at home in Sheffield when she visited for an open day. During her time at University, Georgina took up a variety of opportunities and gained valuable skills that have seen her launch a promising career in social research.
The social policy element of the course was important to me because I wanted to learn about the application of sociological knowledge in practice
Emily Lunn Graduate, BA Sociology with Social Policy
Emily came to the Department of Sociological Studies as a mature student, after discovering a passion for sociology during her Access to Higher Education course. Now, Emily is using the skills and knowledge she gained throughout her degree as she embarks upon a PhD in York, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, where she will be carrying out qualitative research into the inequalities in breast screening uptake in the Yorkshire region.
There are loads of opportunities available to students to travel and study in different parts of the world with Global Opportunities
Ella-Sophia Ellis Graduate, BA Sociology
Ella-Sophia Ellis enhanced her degree with The University of Sheffield by taking up the opportunity to spend some time studying abroad.
I'm proud to have achieved my goal of becoming a freelance journalist. I'm privileged to be able to write articles that are of interest to me
Salma Haidrani Graduate, BA Sociology
Salma has gone on to achieve great success as a freelance journalist since graduating with a degree in Sociology. Here, she shares her story with us.
The research skills I was able to learn and enhance throughout my course have proven to be very useful in my working life
Adam Coles Graduate, BA Sociology
BA Sociology graduate Adam chose the University of Sheffield after falling in love with the place on an Open Day. Following graduation, he went on to study for an MA Social Research in Sheffield and now works as a Business Developer.
The course offered me so many opportunities to study a broad variety of topics and issues so fundamental to the social world
Chloe Melvin Graduate, BA Sociology
Chloe fell in love with the study of sociology at A-Level and when she attended an Open Day at The University of Sheffield, Chloe knew she wanted to further her studies in sociology in the city.
Sheffield really feels like a home away from home. I love it so much I still haven't left!
Ailsa Rhodes Graduate, BA Sociology
Sociology student Ailsa had never studied Sociology before coming to University, but during her time at the University of Sheffield she never felt like she was ill equipped to study the course and loved all her modules.
The breadth of modules the department had to offer made my course really enjoyable. I felt that I could really cater my degree to my interests.
Emily Bower Graduate, BA Sociology with Criminology
Emily decided to study Sociology with Criminology after being impressed by how passionate the staff were at open days. During her time at Sheffield, Emily fell in love with what the city had to offer, and felt that the opportunities offered by the University allowed her to make Sheffield her own.
When I was researching sociology courses offered by different Universities, I felt that Sheffield offered the most interesting modules
Lisandra Chikwa Graduate, BA Sociology
The wide variety of optional modules available in the second and third years of study were what most attracted Lisandra to study with The University of Sheffield.
Being at Sheffield has allowed me to develop my interests into passions
Emily Firth Graduate, BA Sociology with Criminology
Emily transferred into her second year of study at Sheffield, coming from another university. Here, she tells us how she instantly felt at home with The University of Sheffield and how she's discovered and developed new passions throughout her studies.
BA Digital Media & Society
Being an avid social media user, I just knew this was the perfect course for me
Shu Ki (Suki) Cheung Graduate, BA Digital Media and Society
Originally from the busy city of Hong Kong, Suki tells us why the greenery of Sheffield was a breath of fresh air for her.
When I discovered Digital Media and Society at Sheffield, it felt as if I had hit the jackpot!
Katy Turnbull Graduate, BA Digital Media and Society
Katy Turnbull is a third-year student studying a Bachelor's in Digital Media and Society.
Sheffield just has this warm aura about it that hooks you in - ask anyone who's studied here
Anesu Matanda-Mambingo Welfare and Sustainability Officer, BA Digital Media and Society
Anesu knew she wanted to study a degree subject that would allow her to explore her passion for media and sociology. When she visited the open day at the University of Sheffield, Anesu knew she had found the best of both worlds - an "amazing" course and a city that she loves.
I think university is a place for you to grow as an individual and find out more about who you are
Zoe Chan Graduate, BA Digital Media and Society
As an international student, Zoe initially felt a little homesick when she came to Sheffield but by joining societies, engaging with the exciting range of modules offered as part of her course and exploring the city, Zoe formed a routine that allowed her to settle in to student life.
The standard of teaching and knowledge of the staff on the course attracted me to Sheffield, as well as the University and city itself
Alice Cipolat Current student, BA Digital Media and Society
Alice is making the most of her time as a student on the BA Digital Media and Society programme, and is currently undertaking a fantastic placement at the Walt Disney Company in London, which is helping her to grasp how digital media is used in such a huge corporation and understand its importance to the wider business.
As an international student, I wanted an opportunistic, yet manageable city where I was able to focus without the stresses of city life
Hana Okasha Graduate, BA Digital Media and Society
BA Digital Media and Society graduate Hana Okasha tells us why Sheffield stood out for her, both in terms of the brand-new course that was on offer and the student life in the city.
Our dual honours degrees
In my work, I have to be confident, personable and approachable - these are skills that I learned during my time at the University of Sheffield
Kieran Telford Graduate, BA English Language and Sociology
Kieran's Sheffield experience was unforgettable, not only because he chose a course that combined two of his favourite subjects, but because he made the most of the opportunities on offer with the Department's Sociology Society. Following graduation, Kieran has launched a career in Sheffield and says he has no plans to leave the Steel City any time soon!
You will have nothing to lose by learning about the things you are passionate about
Patricia Prystupa Dual honours student, BA Politics and Sociology
Patricia explains the benefits of studying for a dual degree.
The lecturers have a wealth of knowledge and passion about what they teach and this really comes across. I often left my lectures feeling mindblown
Anna Fenwick Graduate, Sociology and Business Management BA
Anna says sociology is current and relevant to all aspects of everyday life and the course prompted her to challenge norms in society.