About Us

Since being established in 1969, Lancaster Sociology has developed an excellent reputation and today we are one of the best departments for teaching and research in the world.

This success stems in part from our interdisciplinary focus, which recognizes that complex contemporary challenges call for a range of social scientific perspectives on areas such as gender, social work, science and technology, media and culture, mobilities, politics and inequalities, and the environment. Our work is based on a collaborative approach that values a diversity of voices, cultivates links to local, national and global groups, and builds opportunities for dialogue, change, and social impact.

The interdisciplinary nature of our research is reflected in our teaching, and offers students the opportunity to gain diverse knowledge and skills in the context of changing job markets. We offer undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Social Work and Media and Cultural Studies, as well as a specialisation in Gender and Women's Studies, alongside ten interdisciplinary MA courses and four PhD courses.

We are dedicated to not only studying the world, but also changing it. Our students both organise and participate in activities including field trips, work placements, international exchanges, and our unconventional and fun-filled postgraduate conferences and summer schools. We also host a range of coffee mornings, film screenings, public events, seminars, and major international conferences linked to our research. Finally, both our staff and students contribute to important public discussions through blogs, lectures, media appearances, podcasts and social media. This contributes to a vibrant and collegial atmosphere for students, staff and visitors alike.