Student Handbook


Introduction from the Head of Department


On behalf of everyone in Sociological Studies, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department and to wish you a happy and productive time with us. 

The aim of this handbook is to provide you with the key information you need to be successful in your studies. It is intended to be the first point of reference should you have any questions or concerns. It is a working document though; we will update it as information changes, and we can make additions if there are things that you think are missing. 

Please do let us know what you think about your programme, and your time with the Department. We are always keen to hear from you, and you’ll be offered numerous ways of feeding back to us. This includes emailing me directly, whenever you should need to.

Professor Nathan Hughes, Head of Department


Our Programmes


General Programme aims

Our Commitment and Student Code of Conduct 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Your Personal Tutor


Basic Learning Expectations

The role of teaching staff


Your Degree

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Reporting Extenuating Circumstances & Academic Work Extensions

Degree Classification

Summary of Results

Electronic Transcript (Gradintelligence)

Leave of Absence (LOA)

Exams Services

Progressing to the next level of study

Unfair Means

Exams and Religion

Academic Study Skills 

Student studying

Studying Effectively Online 

301: Academic Skills Centre 

Study Skills Online 

Level up your Skills 

Study Skills Workshops 

1:1 Study Skills Tutorials 

1:1 Writing Skills Tutorials 

The Library

Getting started with the Library 

SCS Liaison Librarian

Study spaces 

English Language Support


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Student Services Information Desk

Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS)

Register with DDSS and set up a Learning Support Plan (LSP) 

Get tested for an SpLD (Dyslexia) 

Financial Support

IT Services


Immigration and Visas

International Students

Things not going right?

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Worried about a friend


Hate Crime

Thinking of leaving?

Absences and illness

Changing modules with add/drop

Changing degrees



Student Wellbeing Service

Student Mental Health, Counselling and Therapies Service

University Health Service (UHS)

Central Welfare and Guidance (CWAG)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest Advice 

Development Opportunities 

Sociological studies students

SURE: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience 

Sheffield Mentors 

Academic Reps 

Sheffield Volunteering

Students’ Union Clubs and Societies 

Sports and Fitness 

Careers and Employability 

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Careers Service

E-Mentoring Scheme 

SCS Placements, Internships and Work Experience 

Finalist Careers Support 

Careers sessions for SCS students this semester  

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Visit us

Discover what sets Sheffield apart at our undergraduate open days on the Saturday 21 October or Saturday 18 November.