What Will You Study
Lancaster’s Religious Studies and Sociology degree is taught by academics from the departments of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and Sociology. The Complete University Guide 2020 ranks Lancaster 6th for Religious Studies and 2nd for Sociology in the UK.
Your degree will help you to develop an understanding of the interface between religion and society and address a wide range of issues affecting people’s lives today and the societies in which they live. As part of the degree, we will also explore sensitivity to the historical contexts that have shaped the contemporary world.
You will divide your time between modules in Sociology and Religious Studies, starting with the modules Religions of the Modern World and Introduction to Sociology. You’ll be able to develop your own interests with second-year subjects such as Understanding Social Thought; Islam: Tradition, Community and Contemporary Challenges; Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies, Sociological Thought of our Times, Bodies and Society Gender and Religion; and Religion and Society: Theories and Methods. In your final year you can choose from modules which include: Sociology of the Future, Sociology goes to Hollywood, Media, Religion and Politics; The Moral Life of Society; New Religions and Alternative Spiritualties; and Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought.
- Criminology and Sociology : BA Hons
- Criminology and Sociology (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Economics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Economics and Politics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- Law with Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Media and Cultural Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics, International Relations and Management : BSc Hons
- Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Social Work : BA Hons
- Sociology : BA Hons
- Sociology (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Bodies in Society
- Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies
- Christianity in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations
- Climate Change and Society
- Constructing Christian Ethics and Politics
- Consumer Culture and Advertising
- Digital Cultures
- Friendship, Intimacy and Society
- Gender, Sexuality and Society
- Hinduism in the Modern World
- Indian Philosophical and Religious Thought
- Islam: Tradition, Community and Contemporary Challenges
- Religion and Gender
- Religion in Society: Theories and Methods
- The Politics of Race
- Cities, Cultures, Creativities - Urban Development in the Age of Global Media
- Classic Encounters
- Disasters: Why do things go wrong?
- Dissertation with external collaboration
- Dissertation with field studies
- Feminism and Social Change
- Independent Dissertation Project
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- Living with Capitalism: Class, Distribution and Recognition
- Media, Religion and Politics
- Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought
- New religions and alternative spiritualities
- PPR in India
- Reading Buddhism
- Religion and politics
- Religion and Violence
- Society and Drugs
- Sociology goes to Hollywood
- Sociology of the Future
- Violence and Society
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.
A Level ABB
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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A degree in religious studies can help our graduates to gain an understanding of a variety of religions, cultures and values. Furthermore, your study of Sociology can enable you to place this knowledge in context within contemporary society.
The Department offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and experience with a range of different employment paths in mind. You will be allocated an academic tutor, who can offer you one-to-one guidance on developing and recording the transferable skills and experience that you have learnt during your degree. We regularly hold career guidance workshops specifically geared to students of each of our core subjects.Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with 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/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other 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, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. 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.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:
Tuition fees for programmes are set annually for all new and continuing students. If you are studying on a course of more than one year's duration, the fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Such increases are normally calculated based on increases in the costs incurred by the institution, or in relation to UK government regulations which set the maximum fee for certain categories of student.
For the majority of undergraduate students, the most recent annual increase was 2.8%. Any change in fee rates will be communicated to students and applicants prior to the start of the academic year in question, and normally at least eight months prior to enrolment. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
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.