Not available in 2020/21
Becoming a Professional Sociologist

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Carrie Friese STC.S213


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

This course will be available for Year 3 and 4 students as an optional training course for 2018/19. It is not available to PhD students outside the department.


Students must have completed Aims and Methods 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 provide a workshop environment to discuss key aspects of developing a career as a Sociologist. These may include:

1. Writing, submitting and revising journal articles;

2. Writing a book proposal; 

3. Applying for research funding/jobs; 

4. Using social media; 

5. Developing CVs.


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.

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.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication