Becoming a Professional Sociologist

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Savage STC.S210


This course is available 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 intending to pursue an academic career as an optional training course for 2021/22. 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 upgraded to PhD and undertaken at least one year of SO501.

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. Networking and conference attendance;

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



4 hours of workshops in the MT. 4 hours of workshops in the LT.

Content will generally be student led.

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.

Course selection videos

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication