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Careers

Whether your aim is to join academia, engage in other professional research or otherwise 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

"Rewarding, worthwhile and gratifying are some of the words that I use to explain my overall experience at the end of my tenure at the University of Warwick. I have no doubt that I made the best decision for my academic career and professional development. From day one, I have been surrounded with supportive persons, from the academic staff, who undertake the role of advisors and mentors, to the administrative staff to my fellow PhD colleagues. The department has an overall sense of community spirit and togetherness.

I was not left to sit idly but was given the resources and opportunity to expand my knowledge and expertise. As a PhD student in the department, I tutored on the module Sociology of Education which was a fulfilling experience. As a tutor in the department, I am able to pursue the Postgraduate Teaching Award which is accredited by the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Academy.

For me, one of the main features of the PhD programme was the department’s interdisciplinary focus, which allowed for the fostering and forging of relationships with other disciplines. As a result of this, I have worked closely with the Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Department for Politics and International Studies. Internationally, through the Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship, I have been afforded the opportunity to conduct research and present my doctoral research findings at York University in Canada."

- Donna Greene, PhD Sociology