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Welcome to the Department of Sociology at Durham

Our Department members, postgraduate researchers, and students collectively develop ‘sociological imagination’ and apply it to contemporary processes and issues. These include social inequality and its implications for social mobility, education and health; violence, abuse, and the role of help-seeking and state responses.
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World Top 100 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019
6th for Sociology - Guardian University Guide 2023
2nd in the UK for Criminology - The Guardian University Guide 2023
A Sociological Community cutting edge, socially conscious research in a friendly community of staff and students

Welcome to New Students

Welcome to Sociology! In our rapidly changing global environment, there has never been a more important time to look at the world through a social lens and engage in theoretically driven research and teaching that makes a difference.

I hope you have a great experience here, and take advantage of the opportunities offered as part of the wider student life as well as receiving a world class education. You will leave Durham University with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to make a real impact on the world. - Professor Catherine Donovan, Head of Department
Read more on our Welcome page
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Study with us

  • Undergraduate study

    Find out more about our undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Joint Honours in Sociology and Anthropology.

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  • Postgraduate study

    Explore our postgraduate study options in Sociology, Criminology, Social Research Methods and Social Work.

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Undergraduate study

Find out more about our undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Joint Honours in Sociology and Anthropology.

Students reading and discussing a book with their tutor

Postgraduate study

Explore our postgraduate study options in Sociology, Criminology, Social Research Methods and Social Work.

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Our research

We work in collaborative and participative ways with communities, both within and external to the university, locally, nationally and internationally to effect social justice and social change.

Underpinning our work is a concern to understand the similarities and differences arising from people’s intersecting identities, especially of gender, sexuality, ‘race’, social class, faith and age.
Research areas
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Student updates

Find out what our students get up to at Durham University.

Highlights

A day in the life of a Sociology student

Second-year Sociology student, Jess tell us about her day-to-day life at Durham.
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Meet my Durham College Family

Combined Honours and Sociology student, Samantha introduces us to life at Hatfield College.
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Get in touch

To find out more about our undergraduate and postgraduate options, please contact us using one of the buttons below.

Department of Sociology

Durham University
32 Old Elvet
Durham
DH1 3HN

+44 (0)191 33 41400

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