• #1 in the UK for Social Work The Times and Sunday Times 2017
  • #1 for research intensity Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • #4 for Sociology in the UK Guardian University Guide 2017



Our diverse interdisciplinary courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels investigate major social challenges and help students develop their own passions and skills.

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Social Work

Social work

Social work at Lancaster offers professional training for those with or without a first degree, as well as a range of options for continuing professional development.

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Media and Cultural Studies

Media and cultural studies

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees allow students to question key theories, become involved in creative practices, and analyse emerging challenges in media and contemporary culture.

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Gender and Women's Studies

Gender and women's studies

Students can foster links between academic research and political movements for gender equality and social justice in our undergraduate gender and women's studies pathway and postgraduate courses.

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Research Excellence

Sociology at Lancaster University has been ranked 1st in the UK for research intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), recognising its inclusive approach and world-leading research.

Rankings and Reputation

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Our department has a long history of teaching and research excellence, and we have been recognised by and worked with major professional organizations.

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International Connections

We support a range of study abroad and exchange programmes for students at all levels, and have a wide network of international alumni and research partners.

Featured Blog

demonstration in Greece

As the world waits to see the outcome of negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors, our attention has been drawn to the fragility of money by the ATM queues in Greece. The euro project, which has long been under strain, may soon start to irrevocably crack.

Greece is a reminder of the fragility of money and the need to deal with debt

John Urry

John Urry

John Urry, longstanding colleague and an influential scholar who has shaped several fields of sociology, died suddenly, 18 March 2016.

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