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Welcome to Sociology

Congratulations on your offer to study at Lancaster. You will soon receive a personal invitation by email to sign up to our offer holder events.

Meanwhile, take a look at the information about your course below and please get in touch with any questions.

Events

Offer holder events

You will receive an email inviting you to sign up for an event on one of the following dates:

  • Saturday 23rd January 10am - 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 24th February 4pm - 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 10th March 4pm - 7:30pm
  • Saturday 17th April 10am - 1:30pm

Please book your place to come along and join in – we’re looking forward to meeting you.

Programme

  • Welcome to Lancaster University
  • Meet your Department – join staff and current students from your Department and find out more about our sociology courses
  • Subject taster session – experience what it is like to study sociology at university in our subject taster session
  • Careers talk – discover how we can help you source opportunities to improve your employability and set you on a path to career success
  • Second subject – if you have applied to a joint honours degree, you will have the opportunity to attend your second subject session
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Cup of tea with our team

We will be hosting regular group chats throughout the coming months where you can informally get to know a few staff and students in the Department. Come along with your beverage of choice, as well as any questions you have, and we will have an opportunity to chat about courses, as well as share useful items such as GIFs, recommended reading, podcasts and TV programmes. 

Book your place

Your course

Welcome to Sociology

Dr Allison Hui wishes you a warm welcome to Sociology at Lancaster.

Download the subject guide to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Sociology, and what you'll study.

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Chat with Anushka and Gabriella

Message Anushka and Gabriella with any questions about student life and studying at Lancaster. No question is too basic! Gabriella says, "I'm happy to help you with any questions you may have in English or Spanish about student life or what the city is like. Some of my favourite topics in the first year have been cultural and sociological perspectives of sexuality, race and racism and the sociology of consumption. My plans for the future are to work with non-profit organisations to help women in compromised positions."

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions about your course or your application.

Don't forget you can also contact students on Unibuddy! You can also contact Admissions Tutor Dr Allison Hui on Unibuddy.

About your application

Contact: Undergraduate Admissions 

About your course

Contact: Katy Thomas, Recruitment and Conversion Lead

sociology.admissions@lancaster.ac.uk

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More About Sociology

In the following videos and links we explain some key aspects of studying Sociology at Lancaster University.

Careers for Sociology students

Sociology is known as an ‘exporter’ discipline – this means that those who study sociology often go on to a wide range of positions in different types of organisations.

We offer a range of support to not only help you identify where you want to go next, but also to prepare you for the next steps in entering employment. If a placement year degree isn’t quite right for you, there is still the opportunity to do a placement-based final dissertation.

Read more about Sociology careers

Emily Hall

Emily’s placement dissertation

Doing a placement-based dissertation has been one of the best experiences I have had whilst at university because it has allowed me to explore my career interests and develop my CV alongside my degree.

The module is an alternative to a normal dissertation and consists of 40-70 hours of work within an organization which you complete during your third year. It is a manageable number of hours that you can adapt around your timetable, whilst also giving you enough time to gain a thorough insight into the organization itself.

Working in a public health department has shown me how I can use the skills I have gained from my degree in a work setting and has informed the career path I want to pursue.

I really recommend the module to anyone who does not want to take a year out but still wants to make sure they have relevant work experience once they have finished their degree. It is a great opportunity to get real world experience in an area that interests you and to build confidence in working in a professional environment.

Emily Hall, BA (Hons) Sociology

Explore a placement year degree

When I decided to do a placement year I was interested in doing frontline, community work, but I did not anticipate that I would spend the year focusing on financial advice and training for those in debt! However, working at Christians Against Poverty has been an incredible experience.

I have been able to draw upon what I learned in my degree to do independent research and induction videos for the charity. My research looked at how financial abuse relates to safeguarding of clients, and I’m really excited that some of the things I have learned may help to improve policies and training in the organisation.

I have taken part in fundraising challenges such as a fancy dress 5K run, and I have made new friends in my fellow interns and colleagues. Adapting to the culture of the organisation was harder than I expected, but it has been an enlightening experience.  

For anyone considering a placement year, I would say try your best to be open-minded and realise it is ok to not be ok sometimes. It can take a lot of effort to find a placement that is suited for you, and if your expectations don’t immediately match the reality it can be disheartening. But realise that you don’t have to be at the top of your game immediately – the people you are working with may have been doing their jobs since before you were born!

You can always reach out to your manager, mentor, or the University placements team for support to get you through any challenges and make the most out of your internship experience.

Monica Brownwood, BA (Hons) Sociology

Monica Brownwood
Monica Brownwood spent her placement year working for a charity

Returning to study

After being made redundant and receiving a diagnosis for several physical disabilities, I had to re-evaluate my life. I attended an access course and dreamt of attending Lancaster University. When I got accepted, I couldn’t believe it!

 

Studying at Lancaster is inspiring - being around my undergraduate peers and being taught by exciting, empowering lecturers is so enjoyable. Every time I drive up the hill I get a thrill: I can’t believe I am studying here! Things are difficult with a number of disabilities; I am in pain much of the time and sometimes I am just too tired to attend or to fully engage with the workload. But I always feel hugely supported by the sociology family. Being a mature and disabled student has never hindered the support I have had. 

Be prepared to work hard and laugh hard and sometimes wonder what on earth is going on. I cannot explain in just a few words the inspiration and sense of achievement I feel being a part of Lancaster. I love Lancaster, I am hugely proud I have (almost) completed my degree. I have always felt supported and accepted by peers and staff. If I could do it all again, I would in a flash!

Shelan Holden, BA (Hons) Sociology

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Shelan Holden returned to study as a mature student

What to do next

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