British Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Study Group

For Postgraduates


As Postgraduate Liaison Officer for the Study Group, I would like to welcome you to our web page. Here you will find lots of information relevant to postgraduates including:

Details on how to join our PG mailing list, where you will be updated on matters relevant to postgraduates and will also receive regular bulletins on relevant info. If you decide to join, please send the mailing list an e-mail about yourself - what your research interests are and where you are studying.

Information on any postgraduate competitions and events that may be of interest.

Preparing for your viva - some advice from PG mailing list members

Last year a postgraduate event, on methodological challenges in doctoral research on religion, took place in Oxford, a report on this event can be found here. Detail on past postgraduate conferences can be found here.

I am currently seeking your ideas on topics you would like covered at the postgraduate event taking place before the 2012 Annual SocRel conference in Chester. Current suggestions include the relationship of theory to empirical methodologies, as well as practical skills like speaking to the media and chairing panels at conferences. Please do email me with your thoughts and ideas as this event is run for your benefit.

Please also note that the 2012 Peter B. Clarke Memorial Prize (formerly the Taylor and Francis Postgraduate Essay Competition) has now been launched. More information can be found here.

The Study Group is tremendously supportive of the postgraduate community, and postgraduates are encouraged to participate in all our events (study days and our general conference).
If you have any queries or would like to see something added to the site, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Matthew Francis
Postgraduate Liaison Officer