What Will You Study

If you thought you knew what sociology was, come to Lancaster and be prepared to be surprised! The Lancaster MA in Sociology pushes at the frontiers of current social analysis while familiarising you with the intellectual traditions of sociology.


Lancaster’s sociologists are noted for being at the forefront of interdisciplinarity, actively exploring and expanding the possibilities this provides for redefining and reinvigorating the sociological tradition. What you study within our MA programme reflects this, with modules that reflect the expertise not only of Sociology, but also of the Department’s Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, the Centre for Science Studies, the Centre for Mobilities Research, and the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change.


Drawing on our highly-rated research culture, we integrate relevant and exciting new work to help develop the discipline of sociology. We also draw inspiration from the perplexing and ever-changing world of the 21st century, and many of your lecturers will be carrying out empirical research as well as teaching you how to carry out your own research.


We provide a thorough training in analytical tools and research skills, giving you the ability to ask and answer searching questions about the things that shape, sustain and disrupt societies. The outcome is guaranteed to be intellectually stimulating – at Lancaster you will be able to join in the argument, and gain a broader critical awareness of recent developments within the discipline.


Graduates from this programme work in a range of organisations, including local and national government, NGOs, policy bodies, and schools and colleges. The MA also provides an ideal foundation for PhD study, opening the way to academic careers.


Find out more about the research culture, research centres and conferences that make studying Sociology at Lancaster so stimulating.