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Congratulations and Welcome to Sociology

In our rapidly changing global environment, there has never been a more important time to look at the world through a social lens and engage in theoretically driven research and teaching that makes a difference in everyday life. I hope you have a great experience here in the Department of Sociology and at the University with an education deemed to be world class and a curriculum which we have been decolonising and making inclusive of minoritised lives, research and thinking. Remember to take advantage of the opportunities offered as part of wider student life in colleges and student societies/associations. The time will fly past but you will leave Durham University with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to make a real impact on the world.

Professor Catherine Donovan

Head of Department
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University student
From the exciting and varied modules to the amazing and supportive Department staff, I am incredibly glad I decided on studying Sociology at Durham. I have particularly enjoyed the depth of the modules and the ability to tailor the subject to my interests. For example, the openness of essay questions allowed me to explore my areas of interest, such as women’s health. Equally, essay feedback has been incredibly constructive and guiding. I have always felt encouraged to reach out for help or career guidance by the staff, which has been very important this year. Lastly, Durham has enabled me to feel equipped for a wide range of careers and the opportunity for further studies in this discipline.

Katie O'Sullivan
Undergraduate, Graduating in 2023



University student
As a Black Southerner from America, Durham has given me the opportunity to take my personal and professional development to new heights. Durham is more than just a name, it’s an entire community full of passionate scholars. Studying Criminology has changed the way I view the criminal justice system, as my peers and professors have introduced me to a variety of perspectives. The Inside-Out module gave me an opportunity to hear the voices of people affected by the UK justice system. The Department exceeded my expectations, with staff from various backgrounds and research interests always helping me navigate new ideas. Durham has given me the skills and confidence to make a change in society.

Solomon Hall
Postgraduate Graduating in, 2023



Department Information

Learn Ultra - Key information around module choices, registration, Welcome and Orientation week and more. Please read before your arrival.

Student Community Site - You will find information around Policies and Practices within the Department.

Next steps

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Module registration guidance for your programme will be provided via Sociology Induction on Blackboard Learn Ultra.
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Checklist for New Students

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Transition to Higher Education

Complete our online pre-arrival course called Transition to Higher Education (HE) to get your academic journey off to a great start!
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

Please email should you require additional information regarding our Induction programmes and/or the start of term. Welcome information will be provided within the next couple of weeks.

Department of Sociology

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