Sheffield Hallam University: Sociology

InstitutionSheffield Hallam University
Department Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Research


•Undertake a supervised study in a range of sociological areas. •Benefit from the knowledge of research active staff who submitted to the most recent Research Excellence Framework. •Take advantage of links with other Hallam research centres.

Using a range of social theories, as well as qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches, you will produce a piece of original sociological research in areas including social class, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, education, health, and employment and welfare. You have the chance to work with the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research and Centre for Development and Research in Education. Throughout a period of intensive, supervised investigative work, you work closely with specialists in your chosen field to produce an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words in the case of doctoral research. You can take modules and supplementary online courses to develop skills in relation to a range of methodologies, methods and theoretical approaches. The work you complete on these can be included as part of your qualification.

You learn through •supervised research •meetings •seminars and training sessions •informal group sessions

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

Through regular interaction with other postgraduate students, researchers and the wider academic community, there is ample opportunity for networking throughout the course. This provides ample opportunity for networking and our research centres, the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research and the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research, host a range of stimulating activities and events, including established seminar series that attract internationally excellent researchers.

The department has regular staff and student-led activities each year on specific topics associated with PhD student's research. We organise monthly Research Breakfast that encompass a wide range of topics including, 'how to publish,' and offer a friendly and supportive environment to discuss research. We also offer awards to our students bi-annually to reward outstanding work or an outstanding contribution to the PhD community.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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