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Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Lancaster Sociology is a world-leading Department for teaching and research in Sociology, Media & Cultural Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Science Studies and Social Work. 

In 2014 we ranked 3rd in the UK (The Guardian) and 26th top Department for Sociology on the planet (QS World University Rankings).

Sociology, media & cultural studies

undergraduates in the Learning Zone


Study for a degree with leading academics in the fields of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies.


We have an amazing research culture for MA and PhD students, with 80 PhD students studying with us from around the world and a highly structured programme of research training.

Social work

postgraduate student

Study for a professional qualification in Social Work in our cutting edge Social Work programmes.

See our undergraduate, masters and PhD pages for information about courses, scholarships and bursaries.

Social Work at Lancaster has been rated 5th in the UK by the Guardian 2013.

Lancaster Academy for Advanced Social Work

Information about continuing professional development (CPD), short courses and postgraduate qualifications for qualified social workers.
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News and forthcoming events

Latest News

New book from sociology alumnus, 14 April 2015

After academic collaborations such as After the Car (2009 with John Urry), Lancaster Sociology and Centre for Mobilities Research alumnus Kingsley Den ...Read more»


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29 April 2015, Demand Centre Seminar: Adam Cooper

Research Excellence

The Sociology Department hosts TEN research centres and has received 131 research grants since 2008. Further details can be found on our projects pages.

We also have a strong tradition of public sociology and engagement.

Cultural Political Economy Research CentreCultural Political Economy Research Centre - CPERC

DEMAND websiteDynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand - DEMAND

CEDR websiteCentre for Disability Research - CeDR

ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of GenomicsESRC Centre for Economic & Social Aspects of Genomics - Cesagen

Centre for the Study of Environmental Change Centre for Environmental Change - CSEC

UNESCO Chair in Gender ResearchUNESCO Chair in Gender Research

Centre for Gender and Womens StudiesCentre for Gender and Women's Studies - GWS

Centre for Mobilities ResearchCentre for Mobilities Research CeMoRe

Centre for Science Studies Centre for Science Studies - CSS

CWRU websiteChild Welfare Research Unit

Visit our research pages to find out more.

Postgraduate Open Day - 25th February 2015

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Practice Learning in Social Work

Information for current students and Practice Educators



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