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Department of Sociology

Information for New Students

"Welcome to the Department of Sociology. I hope you will have a great experience here, and engage in all aspects of the wider student life as well as receiving a world class education. You will leave Durham University with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to make a real difference in the world."

Professor Nicole Westmarland, Head of Department

Year 1

Congratulations on securing your place to attend one of the following programmes:

In your first year, we will help you to gain a fundamental knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues relating to your discipline through the combination of compulsory and 'open' module(s):

*As part of our flexible teaching programme, you have the exciting opportunity to expand on your own academic interests through studying ‘open’ module(s) in other subjects from a different Department, such as Business, Education, Languages, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Government and International Affairs and Law. The choice of open module is entirely up to you, as long as it fits with your overall timetable. Further information and guidance on this can be found within the next section (Step 2 - module registration).

Prior to the commencement of your studies it is important that you complete steps 1 and 2 below:

Please note that the Online Enrolment System opens eight weeks before the start of your Programme.

Process Support

If you require assistance with this process please get in touch with your college and/or us using the below details. Further guidance is also available on the Student Registry website. If you have a technical problem, please contact the IT Service Desk at

Julie Dent

Programme Administrator
Tel: +44(0)191 33 46827

Miriam Chisholm

Learning and Teaching Administrator
Tel: +44(0)191 33 46820

Dr Matthew David

Programme Director, Sociology
Tel: +44(0)191 33 46826

Dr Donna Marie Brown

Acting Programme Director, Criminology
Tel: +44(0)191 33 46823

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