Sociology at Durham is grounded in the Department's four core research themes. We welcome candidates for our research degrees who are interested in developing their own thesis in an area that intersects with these and where we have staff available to supervise. Our themes include:
Communities and Social Justice, Health and Social Theory, Higher Education and Social Inequality and Violence and Abuse
The following research degrees are offered:
The Department’s research activity focuses on four main research themes, around which we organise research groups of staff and postgraduate researchers to share and develop research ideas and practices. These groups are currently:
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The Department also has expertise in the following disciplinary areas:
On successful completion of a PhD, student’s ‘etheses’ are made publicly available. A list of previous students together with their topics and published thesis are available on Durham Research Online.
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The Department hosts a friendly and supportive postgraduate community. Besides working with excellent supervisors, I benefited from countless conversations with staff members and felt supported by excellent and understanding administrators. Postgraduate researchers are encouraged to take part in academic events and to become active members of research groups. We also independently run a Forum which organises workshops on career progression, encourages peer support and meeting up socially.