High quality supervision is provided by internationally renowned specialists. Our thriving group of over 50 doctoral students benefit from regular postgraduate seminars and workshops, day conferences, and interaction with international visitors. Facilities are excellent and doctoral students have opportunities to undertake paid undergraduate teaching.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise more than three quarters of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent and all of it was recognized internationally, placing us in the top 10 UK based Sociology departments. A particular area of strength is research methodology.
We were also praised for our research environment, which was rated joint 6th in the country. This reflects our strong postgraduate community, diverse research centres, research training activities, and funding successes.
As a leading national centre for the advancement of social research, we provide state of the art research methodology training through our MSc in Social Research Methods, Day Courses in Social Research, and CRESS (Centre for Research on Social Simulation). Doctoral students study in a friendly and vibrant environment at the forefront of methodological developments.
The Sociology Department has particular strengths in:
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Developments in Methodology
- Identities, Diversities and the Life Course
- Media, Culture and Communication
- Science, Environment and Technologies
The spread of topics being studied by doctoral students can be seen under Doctoral Research page.
Research students enjoy a lively, intellectually-supportive atmosphere, with their own excellent office and IT facilities.
Students have a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor and in some cases may have an additional third supervisor. Supervisors provide guidance and support through regular supervision, and extensive verbal and written feedback on students' work.
Where appropriate, full-time doctoral students have the opportunity to spend part of the first year taking relevant Masters courses from our MSc courses in Social Research Methods or Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research. Students are also supported by a carefully designed programme of fortnightly postgraduate workshops and a Day School once a year. Doctoral students can attend the Department's Day Courses in Social Research and the extensive range of courses run by the CAQDAS Networking project.
There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.