Why Lancaster?

There are a range of great reasons to join us at Lancaster:

Recognized Excellence

The department is in the top 40 sociology departments in the world, and was ranked 1st for research intensity in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework.

Supervision and Study

Students have one-to-one supervision as well as a choice of MA modules in the department or the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Training Programme. Some of the latter are offered by members of the Sociology Department, but others are led by colleagues in other departments. Courses range in length from half day workshops to full term courses and provide a great chance to explore the theoretical approaches or research methods you will draw upon in your dissertation, and for social work students your placement.

Inspiring Community

Having made the big decision to take an MA, our students find they are welcomed into a diverse community of people inspired to study the things that matter to them - be it contemporary media, gender, environmental change, social problems or our changing social world.

At Masters level, students and staff learn from each other and students participate in departmental and university research events, including seminars, workshops and conferences. We have 2-4 events per week during term time and these provide excellent opportunities to get to know the research community. Read more about our conferences and workshops or check our news and events listings.

Personalised Programmes

Our courses allow you to pursue your passions in order to gain further knowledge and experience for your career. Our unique MA Social Research can be tailored to your unique interests, with multiple potential pathways that allow a strong foundation in research skills and the potential to go on to further PhD study. Our Social Work degrees at Masters level provide opportunities to gain professional training for those with a prior degree. With the exception of Social Work degrees, our programmes are available for either full time (12 months) or part time (24 months) study.