We are a leading centre for Sociology postgraduate study at both Masters and PhD level. Become part of our active research
community and benefit from the expert teaching and supervision of our academic staff.
Shaping sociology and society
We were rated top 10 in the UK for
research quality with more than three-quarters of our research rated 'world
leading' or 'internationally
excellent' in the most recent
Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
We work with departments across the University and around the world,
collaborating on cutting edge research. Our students become part of this
community and learn how to understand and challenge the world.
We shape society today advising the UN, government departments, think tanks
and public bodies around the world on issues as diverse as the rights of
indigenous peoples, the regulation of the building industry, and organised crime
Our academic staff
are experts in their fields, developing new theoretical and methodological
approaches to understand the dynamics of social life.
Our research falls under five broad groups, all reflecting our strengths.
- Social divisions and economic life: key themes are
structured inequality, the changing nature of work, advertising and
commercial culture, and migration and minorities.
- Culture, identity and subjectivity: key themes are
identity and subjectivity, oral history and personal narrative, and the
- Criminal justice and public policy: key themes are
health and healthcare, environmental issues, criminology, ageing and
- Transnationalism, nation and rights: key themes are
citizenship and human rights, international migration,
multi-culturalism, indigenous rights, and reconfiguring the nation.
- Sociological foundations - theory and method: key
themes are advanced qualitative and quantitative techniques, social
structures, the micro-dynamics of social life, and social theories.
Research showcase: Advertising in the 1950s and 60s
An example of our research is by
Professor Sean Nixon who explored the antipathy and criticisms made of
advertising in Britain, alongside responses of the industry’s more articulate
We run a regular programme of
seminars, providing a forum to present and discuss the latest research.
Our academics are often featured in the press and broadcast media, giving
their views on a range of topical subjects from the
working women's charter to the
psychological impact of World War One.
New research grants