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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 2015 we were ranked the 27th Department for Sociology internationally and 8th in Europe (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.

Social Work at Lancaster has been rated 1st in the UK by the Complete University Guide (2016).

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

Lancaster Academy for Advanced Social Work

Information about continuing professional development (CPD), short courses and postgraduate qualifications for qualified social workers.
Find out more

News and forthcoming events

Latest News

CeMoRe Visiting Fellowships 2016 applications invited, 14 July 2015

We invite applications to our annual CeMoRe visiting fellowships scheme.   Applications are encouraged from scholars and artists, whose r ...Read more»


There are no forthcoming events scheduled at present.

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.

PG funding now available, including discounted MA fees for alumni

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Practice Learning in Social Work

Information for current students and Practice Educators



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