Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of York. In the Times Higher Education's ranking of Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Sociology at York is ranked first in the UK for research quality. With impressive credentials and a supportive atmosphere, our innovative Department is driven by excellence in both research and teaching.

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Events and Conferences


BSA Postgraduate Forum Event: The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

Research concerning sensitive and emotionally demanding issues is vital but challenging work in which the onus of care tends to be placed directly on the researcher. These issues may be internal or external, ethical or emotional, or concern the researcher or participant.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University holds a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award, showing that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Sociology @ York Video

Criminology @ York Video

In 2012, York celebrated 800 years of being a self-governing city. Watch the video to see how York has developed into a vibrant, exciting place to live, work and study

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Keep up-to-date with our Department on the Sociology blog.

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Sociology's first public lecture: Stigma Machines

Posted on Friday 2 November 2018

Sociology's Autumn Public Lecture, Stigma Machines, took place in October and welcomed guest speaker Professor Imogen Tyler.

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