Still open for applications: FAMSIZEMATTERS - Fully-funded DPhil studentship
Posted: 29 Mar 2018

Applications are invited for one fully funded 3 year PhD (DPhil) studentship based in the Department of Sociology to begin in October 2018. This studentship is available on Professor Christiaan Monden's ERC funded project on Family Size and Social Inequalities (FAMSIZEMATTERS).

The successful studentship applicant will be part of the ERC funded project FAMSIZEMATTERS, which studies questions about how family size affects the (re)production of social inequalities. This project team is led by Prof. Christiaan Monden and consists of a number of post-doctoral researchers and research assistants. The project sits at the intersection between Sociology and Demography. The geographic focus is Europe and East Asia, though not all sub-projects have a comparative component.

The PhD theses of the successful studentship applicant will focus on a particular sub-project within the larger project. Possible subject-matter of the studentship includes: only-children and socioeconomic inequalities; childlessness and socioeconomic inequalities; impact of children's socioeconomic position on their parents' well-being; high-fertility sub-populations in low fertility societies; and family size and gender inequality.

Applications are welcome from candidates with an excellent undergraduate degree and a relevant Masters degree or relevant experience. The deadline for applications is rolling and applications should be submitted through the usual route for applications to the DPhil in Sociology.

Any enquiries should be directed to Professor Christiaan Monden (

Christiaan Monden is Head of Department, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Fellow of Nuffield College

Part-Time MSc in Sociology now open for applications!
Posted: 01 Dec 2017

Are you interested in pursuing the MSc in Sociology, but can't commit to full-time study?  Take a look at the part-time MSc - the same course of study, spread over two years.

The MSc in Sociology is offered on both a full-time (one-year) and part-time (two-year) basis. The degree and expectations for both modes of study are equally rigorous: part-time students take their classes with the full time students, but spread their study over two years to accommodate work and personal circumstances. Regardless of whether you choose to apply for the part-time or full-time course, you will be part of a close knit cohort of students from diverse backgrounds.

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Professorship of Sociology
Posted: 20 Nov 2017

The Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, in association with Nuffield College, is looking for a senior scholar of international distinction with an outstanding record of research publications in the discipline of sociology.
The applicant can be working within any subject area of sociology.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday January 15 2018.

Details of the position

For more information about the Department of Sociology, visit the Departmental webpage or download our most recent Annual Report.

Sociology at Nuffield College.

Please feel free to contact our Head of Department Prof. Melinda Mills, if you would like to discuss this further.

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How Theresa May lost her majority and how Scots have kept the Tories in government
Posted: 09 Jun 2017

Dr Stephen Fisher comments on last night's General Election results.

At the time of writing it looks like the Conservatives will win 319 seats, short of the 326 seats they needed to win an overall majority. (The following numbers are provisional.)

Most likely they will come to some agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to remain in government.

From Elections Etc.

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Steve Fisher is Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor in Political Sociology, Fellow of Trinity College and Department Disability Lead

Oxford Sociology Top in Europe
Posted: 08 Jun 2017

Oxford is top Sociology department in Europe for the third consecutive year.

QS Top Universities have ranked Oxford Sociology as the top Sociology Department in Europe for the third year in a row.  Oxford was ranked third overall.

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