My supervisors always give me good feedback and constructive criticism, which I see as vitally important for improving my own writing and development.
The Department of Sociology has an international reputation for both research and teaching, and was ranked in the top 12 sociology departments in the UK for world-leading research by the latest REF exercise.
We are also in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 top 5 for sociology. These external ratings reflect the high quality of our research, our publications and our academic environment.
Members of academic staff have research interests and expertise in a number of substantive areas, in a range of theoretical approaches and in the full diversity of research methods, from mixed-method and qualitative research to statistical analysis of large and complex datasets and social simulation.
We engage in innovative methodological and theoretical work, employ a diversity of methods and perspectives, and make a major contribution to applied and policy-related sociology, criminology and media research.
We provide research students with office space, PCs and online research tools and resources. You will normally become a member of a subject/research group and participate with academic staff in its activities.
We welcome applications from prospective doctoral students in a wide range of subject areas.
Doctoral students are supported through a carefully designed programme of regular postgraduate day schools and monthly professional seminars, and may be directed to take relevant modules from the MSc Social Research Methods – or, if appropriate, from the MSc Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research – during their first year of study.
They can attend in-house day courses in social research (about 20 per year) and the extensive range of courses run by the Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) Networking Project.
Key research areas include:
Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.