What Will You Study

Lancaster’s Religious Studies and Sociology degree is taught by some of the leading international scholars in both fields. Lancaster is ranked seventh for Religious Studies as ranked by The Guardian University Guide 2014 – and our Sociology Department was ranked top five in the UK in the last UK Research Assessment (2008).

Your degree will help you understand the interface between religion and society and addresses a wide range of issues affecting people’s lives today and the societies in which they live. You’ll also develop a sensitivity to the historical contexts that have shaped the contemporary world.

You’ll divide your time equally between courses in Sociology and Religious Studies, starting with the modules Religions of the Modern World and Introduction to Sociology. You’ll be able to specialise and develop your own interests with second-year subjects such as Understanding Social Thought; Islam: Tradition, Community and Contemporary Challenges; Buddhism and Society in Sri Lanka, South-East and East Asia; and Religion and Society. In your final year you can choose from modules which include: Media, Politics and Religion; The Moral Life of Society; New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities; and Religion in Contemporary Indian Life.