Rankings and Reputation

Our department has a long history of excellence, as evidenced by a range of measures

  • 1st for Social Work

    Social Work was ranked 1st in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times 2017 top ten rankings

  • Top 5 Sociology

    Lancaster University was ranked 4th nationally by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

  • 87%

    87% of Sociology Department undergraduates have gone into graduate level work or further study within six months of graduating

  • 131 Research Grants

    We have received over 131 research grants from funding agencies since 2008 to support our innovative research projects, and published over 45 monographs and journal special issues

  • £8.3 million

    In the last decade, funders have awarded our staff over £8.3 million to support our world-leading research.

  • 1st in research intensity

    Our excellence in world-leading research, research impact, and research environment has been recognised by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which ranked us 1st in research intensity. This means we were both very inclusive in submitting our staff’s work for consideration and also had this work evaluated very highly.

  • 46th Globally

    We have also been recognised as the 46th Sociology Department in the world for our excellent reputation with academics and employers, our excellent faculty to student ratio, and the international diversity of our student and staff (2017 QS World University Rankings).

We have been recognised by and worked with major professional organisations

Some examples below:

Doctoral Training Partnerships

We are accredited as part of the Northwest Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council, and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which highlights the quality of our research training courses and allows us to support Research Council-funded Masters and PhD students.

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

Health and Care Professions Council

We have been accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for our Social Work programmes. 

Health & care professions council

Collaborative Partnerships in PhD Training

We have had numerous PhD students funded through CASE Studentships, which involve collaborative partnerships with organisations such as Lancashire County Council; the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; The Squiggle Foundation; and the National Childbirth Trust.

Lancashire county council