Degree structure

First Year

At Lancaster, the first year of study is known as "Part I". In your first year, you will study 3 modules:

  • Introduction to Sociology – core module (compulsory)

You could spend your whole first year exploring complementary issues within the Department of Sociology and choose 2 more modules from:

  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
  • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies

Alternatively you can choose a subject taught by another department.  Our students have taken courses in film, marketing, criminology, law, politics, history, English literature, linguistics, psychology, religious studies, and geography.

If you are enrolled on a joint honours course you will follow compulsory core modules in both subjects, and choose your 3rd subject as described above.  This flexibility is great way for you to follow your interests. At the end of the first year it is often possible to change your major if you discover that you want to focus on one of the optional subjects you have been studying.

Second and Third Year

The 2nd and 3rd years are known as Part II.  You will move on to take more specialised modules both within our department and related to subjects you studied in the first year.

More information about our 2nd and 3rd year modules can be found linked to each degree scheme.