BA Hons Sociology

Our Sociology degree can be personalised to match your interests. Whether you want to explore diverse topics or can't decide which subject to major in, our flexible degree helps you explore what you are passionate about.

We live in a highly complex and rapidly changing world. A few enjoy unprecedented levels of material comfort, of access to information and education, of health care and life expectancy, of speed and scope of communications, of ease and extent of movement.

At the same time, most are beset by seemingly intractable problems (of poverty, inequality, conflict, discrimination, injustice) and all of us must face up to urgent global threats (finite resources, demographic changes, climate change).

Sociology will enable you to move beyond commonplace everyday assumptions about the world, to explore contemporary human interdependencies, opportunities and challenges, and, through sustained critical analysis, to identify necessary constructive action.

The need for genuine sociological insight has never been more acute. Sociology is about people. Real life. Real problems. Real challenges.

The Sociology degree at Lancaster will change the way you think forever. We invite you to join us in informing change in society today.


Our Courses

You can study for a single honours degree in Sociology or you can choose to study for a joint honours in:

Course 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 Womens' 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.

What students do

You will attend lectures and smaller seminars, where up to 15 students will discuss readings, try out new ideas, and take part in practical activities. Some of our modules involve hands-on workshops, film screenings, or field trips.

In addition to interactions during lectures and seminars, both our lecturers and your fellow students are available to support your independent learning outside the classroom.

One of the highlights of our degree is the independent research project students complete at the end of their third year. You can choose any topic that you are interested in, and carry out original research under the supervision of one of our lecturers to learn more about it.

To get an idea of what past students have researched, take a look at our student dissertation blog

To learn more, explore what our students do.


We have been praised by external examiners for our excellent range of course assessment - including short writing tasks that help you to build up key skills early on, presentations, essays, exams, posters, scenarios and assessments where you make blogs, vlogs, or conduct your own interviews.