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The department has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research across the disciplines of sociology, social policy, social work and social anthropology. In the most recent national assessments, we were awarded the highest possible ranking of 'excellent' for teaching quality and grade 5 for research. We have strong links with research institutes throughout the world. Major sources of research funding include the EC, Home Office, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme, Department of Health and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The department has full ESRC recognition status for postgraduate training (1+3, +3, CASE for MA in Sociological Research and MPhil/PhD).
This is one of the largest social science departments in the country. Our taught courses are informed by a vibrant research culture, so what you learn is based on the very latest developments in the field. We encourage all our graduates to undertake work at the cutting edge of research.
Research students are encouraged to participate in the activities of a variety of multi-disciplinary research centres associated with the department such as the Institute for Studies on Ageing, Centre for Criminological Research, Centre for Study of Childhood and Youth and the International and Comparative Social Policy Group, as well as the Cross Faculty Social Science Gender Research Network.
The department sponsors an annual Postgraduate Research Conference organised by postgraduate students. We invite contributions from across the University. The event provides a lively opportunity for you to gain experience in writing extracts and presenting papers and preparation for publication.
Sheffield online papers in Social Research is an online journal sponsored by the department. It is a free open-access journal which publishes peer-reviewed work in the social sciences, and aims to offer postgraduate students an entry into peer-reviewed publication.
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