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Congratulations and Welcome to the Department of Sociology


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"Welcome to the Department of 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

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Hello and welcome to the department! We are this year’s outgoing course reps! From left to right in the picture, we are Shu Shu (Social Work), Julia (Social Policy), Fern (Criminology) and Alex (Sociology)! From our experience, the Department of Sociology gives you to opportunity to learn advanced social science knowledge, with lots of opportunities for academic development, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere!

Shu Shu, Julia, Fern and Alex
PGT Course Representatives



Department Information

We are excited to announce that our new Department of Sociology student Information Site will launch in September. This site will be a useful resource and will offer practical and procedural information to aid you through your programme.

The Virtual Learning Environment is your online learning tool (inc. Registration/Induction).

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Check out the Faculty Handbook for your programme regulations which include details of your module requirements and a list of open level 1 modules.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Covid-19 Safety

We're working hard to welcome you safely and delivering quality education and student experience. Visit our Covid Safety Information webpages for applicants for the latest advice. We can't wait to see you soon!

Covid-19 Response: Applicants and Future Students



Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

Please email should you require additional information regarding our Induction programmes and/or the start of term. Welcome information will be provided within the next couple of weeks.

Department of Sociology

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