• #1 in the UK for Social Work The Times and Sunday Times 2017
  • #1 for research intensity Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • #4 for Sociology in the UK Guardian University Guide 2017


Our diverse interdisciplinary courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels investigate major social challenges and help students develop their own passions and skills.

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Social Work

Social work at Lancaster offers professional training for those with or without a first degree, as well as a range of options for continuing professional development.

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Media and Cultural Studies

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees allow students to question key theories, become involved in creative practices, and analyse emerging challenges in media and contemporary culture.

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Gender and Women's Studies

Students can foster links between academic research and political movements for gender equality and social justice in our undergraduate gender and women's studies pathway and postgraduate courses.

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Research Excellence

Sociology at Lancaster University has been ranked 1st in the UK for research intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), recognising its inclusive approach and world-leading research.

Rankings and Reputation

Our department has a long history of teaching and research excellence, and we have been recognised by and worked with major professional organizations.

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International Connections

We support a range of study abroad and exchange programmes for students at all levels, and have a wide network of international alumni and research partners.

Featured Blog

Urban airspace is being radically reshaped by the proliferation of drones – a process which is quickly slicing the air into private strips. Urban citizens are at risk of losing access to a valuable public resource as corporations are given prioritisation in the skies above our heads.

Attack on the drones

Featured News

A new Book by Dr Adam Fish examines whether television can be used as a tool not just for capitalism, but for democracy.

Technoliberalism and the End of Participatory Culture