What Will You Study
Lancaster's Organisation Studies and Sociology degree gives you the opportunity to benefit from teaching by renowned academics in our Department of Organisation Work and Technology (OWT) and our Department of Sociology.
Your degree will help you understand how organisations shape our identities and how their actions affect the societies we live in. You'll graduate with a critical understanding of the significance and role of organisations and management in modern industrialised societies.
In your first year you'll gain a thorough overview of both subjects with modules including Management and Organisations and Sociology. In your second and third years, you'll choose from an extensive list of optional courses, analysing in detail a range of topics such as Management and Information Systems; Management and Society; Classical and Contemporary Organisation Theory; Human Resource Management, and Technology and Organisation.
- Criminology and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Management and Information Technology (4 years including placement) : BSc Hons
- Management and Organisation : BA Hons
- Management and Organisation (Human Resource Management) : BA Hons
- Management and Organisation (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Organisation Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Social Work : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Sociology : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Introduction to Sociology
- Management and Organisational Behaviour
- Managing Organisations, Human Resources and Technology
- Analysing Organisations
- Business Ethics
- Human Resource Development
- Human Resource Management
- Management and Information Technology
- Management and the Natural Environment: Ethics and Sustainability I
- Organisational Behaviour
- Research Methods
- Research Skills and Techniques
- Doing Sociological Research
- Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice
- International Human Resource Management
- Managing People and Change
- Organisational Change
- Organising in the Digital Age: Power, Technology and Identity
- Technology and Organisation: Society and Risk
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: Normally AAB
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Preference: Three A levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
GCSE: English Language and Maths (min. grade C in both)
Scottish Highers: Normally ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses
Mature students: Applications are encouraged; interviews wherever appropriate. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
BTEC: Overall grades DDD
Your deep understanding of organisations and the people who work within them, combined with a range of transferable skills, such as time management, communicating complex ideas effectively and working independently, will make you stand out in a competitive jobs market and open up a variety of career opportunities.
Our graduates go into a wide array of jobs and careers, from mainstream human resource management, in both public and private corporations, to management consultancy and roles in media and marketing. Some of our alumni have set up businesses on their own, both at home and abroad.
Your degree focuses on understanding social and civic processes, so it is also an excellent foundation for careers in the Civil Service, local government, public affairs, charities and social welfare organisations.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Lancaster Management School has an award winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day 1 of your degree.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.