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Postgraduate research

Welcome to Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Warwick University is a well-established and vigorous location in which you can develop and extend your research skills as well as your understanding of a wide range of societal and cultural issues. The Department will help you develop your understanding and your confidence in the research process. Postgraduate study will enhance your ability to think about complex problems – and sometimes deceptively obvious and simple ones – and to adopt an analytical and inquisitive stance towards the ones you are studying.

The wide range of courses that we offer can help advance both your research skills and your employability. Of course, postgraduate study is necessary for entry into an academic career and many of you may be thinking of becoming the next generation of sociology and social science academics. If so, let us extend a warm early welcome to you. Developing research and analytical skills are not, however, restricted to the academic labour market. Increasingly, decision makers in all sectors of the economy rely on individuals who have been trained in the rigour and focus of the research process.

You will be joining a team of staff at various stages of their academic careers, all of whom are active researchers and teachers who are internationally recognised and respected for their academic work. The research culture here is strong, and we encourage you to become a part of it.

Why Sociology at Warwick?

Ranked 23rd in the world for Sociology, we are internationally renowned for our research and teaching in sociology. We are also rated as one of the top UK departments, as confirmed by our consistently highly placing across the range of national leagues tables: we are rated 4th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016, 5th by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, and 7th by the Complete University Guide 2016.

Extensive sociological expertise

Research within the Department of Sociology covers the broad span of the discipline and is organised in terms of three main areas as outlined below. Each research theme has its own specific orientation and way of working in terms of collaborating on research grant applications, discussing work in progress, and organising seminars and symposia. Colleagues also participate in the activities of the two Research Centres hosted within the department - the Social Theory Centre and the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender - as well as in interdisciplinary programmes across the university and beyond. Active participation in the research themes, centres, and broader research programmes and networks demonstrates the strength and dynamism of our research culture.

Our department is structured into three research themes:

  • Economy, Technology, Expertise
  • Inequalities and Social Change
  • Justice, Authority and the Geopolitical

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Entry requirements

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Useful links

General enquiries: the Sociology PG Office Accommodation: The Accommodation Office
Application process: Janet Smith Fees and How to Pay: The Finance Office
Visas: Warwick Immigration Advice The Graduate School
Warwick Students Union The International Office
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