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PhD Opportunities in the Department of Sociological Studies; join the team and play a part.

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

The University is rated in the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings, priding itself on research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world. With our academics producing world class and internationally recognised research, The University of Sheffield has developed a reputation for research quality. Central to this is our large body of postgraduate research students, over 2000 across our departments and over 600 in the Faculty of Social Sciences. By supporting and engaging with our postgraduate research community, we encourage a friendly, productive and inclusive atmosphere.

As part of The Faculty of Social Sciences, the Doctoral Training Centre ([email protected]) offers research training to support postgraduate research students at all stages of their work. Opportunities to access training at the University of Leeds and the University of York are also available as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) provision. The DTC facilitates networking between students and provides training in generic, advanced and transferable skills. There is a vibrant and expansive research community which produces doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility.

The Department of Sociological Studies.

The Department of Sociological Studies here at the University of Sheffield is able to offer expert PhD supervision. As one of the oldest social science departments in the country, there is a rich heritage of expertise across sociology, social work and social policy, with that mix being integral to the research composition of the department.

Driven by the desire to conduct research that is civic and impact driven the department has an extensive remit of area knowledge, as well as academics that are well versed in various methodological approaches to conducting research. The research in the department is defined by applying a critical understanding to the lived experience of individuals, and how this relates to individual relationships, communities and society as a whole. Examples of research specialisms include: Global, international and comparative social policy, young people and families, ageing, crime and deviance, culture and ethnicity, religion and belief, health and wellbeing, technology in society, and social work practice. These are just some of the areas available for supervision, we encourage you to view our staff lists for a greater insight into the research of the department.

The department is home to a vibrant graduate school, with PhD students researching a variety of topics. This diverse and inclusive atmosphere offers excellent opportunities to share and present research findings through student led conferences. There is also a strong supportive network available, of both peers and academics, resulting in an integrated postgraduate community.

The department is very successful in securing funding for PhD scholarships; these are competitive and subject to availability.

For a complete list of areas available for supervision please visit the website for further details and information on applying:

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Social Work and Social Policy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 17.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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