Becoming a Professional Sociologist

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Carrie Friese STC.S213


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Sociology. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course will be available for Year 3 students as an optional training course for 2017/18. It is not available to PhD students outside the department.


Students must have completed Research Class for MPhil Students (SO500).

Students will have completed SO500 and passed Aims and Methods. Ideally they will have completed SO501. However, exceptions will be made for students who were outside of London in Year 2 for fieldwork and intend to complete their PhD in three years. In that instance students can take SO501 and SO502 simultaneously.

Course content

This half-unit course will bring in two members of the Sociology faculty to discuss key aspects in developing a career as a Sociologist. These will include:

1. Writing, submitting and revising journal articles. 

2. Writing a book proposal. 

3. Applying for research funding. 

4. Using social media. 

5. Developing CVs. 

6. CV Clinic. Here students would be asked to bring their CV in to develop with other students and the Convener. 

Students will:

• Gain an understanding of the different aspects involved in developing a career in academic Sociology

• Gain practical understanding of how to pursue the different elements of a sociological career in order to be in a good position in the job market and for postdoctoral funding

• Provide support for students as they are finishing their PhD and move into the next stage of their career as sociologists


15 hours of workshops in the MT.

Course Outline

Week 1. Writing, submitting and revising journal articles

Week 3. Writing a book proposal

Week 5. Applying for research funding

Week 7. Using social media.

Week 9. Developing your CV.

Week 11. CV Clinic.

Formative coursework

There is no formative assessment for this course.

Indicative reading

There is no reading list for this course.


There is no summative assessment for this course.

The course is a pass/fail and is dependent on attendance.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication