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Whether your aim is to join academia, engage in other professional research or put your expertise and research skills to use, your Warwick PhD will give you a competitive edge in the job market. A high proportion of our PhD alumni have secured research fellowships, academic posts and positions as analysts and charity workers for other organisations around the world.

Examples of Sociology PhD graduates’ job titles include:
  • Assistant Professor
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Associate
  • Lecturer
  • College Lecturer
  • University Course Leader
  • Academic coordinator
  • Early Career Fellow
Organisations where Sociology PhD graduates work include:
  • The University of Warwick
  • University College London
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Hull
  • Brunel University
  • Humboldt University Berlin
  • Ryerson University (Toronto)
  • Universidad Diego Portales
  • NHS (National Health Service)

Alumni profile

Andy Chiu

I had a great experience in studying MA Sociology at Warwick three years ago, so the decision of coming back to do a PhD was not a difficult one − not to mention the department’s strength in teaching and researching. We were always encouraged to engage in conversations about what others are researching on, and the diversity in the department allowed me to be friends with sociologists from all different backgrounds and research interests.

I also enjoyed the variety of Sociology department seminars − from topics about gender and race, to neoliberalism, and critical reflections as academics. The inspiration I got from all of the different speakers were essential to excite my passion for sociology and spark interest in new areas.

The Sociology PhD community is always fun, caring and supportive. I have benefited emotionally and intellectually from professors or classmates, in coffee time after lectures and seminars. These warm interactions were exactly what I needed to get through the ups and downs as a PhD student.

- Andy Chiu, PhD Sociology (2015)