Politics and Sociology (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code LL24
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2024
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

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    12th for Sociology

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

  • Study abroad and placement options

  • 83rd in the world for Sociology, QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

Why Lancaster?

  • Develop sought-after skills in analysis, communication, research and teamwork that will open the door to a wide range of satisfying careers
  • Tailor your degree by choosing from a wide range of modules such as social justice, gender, environment, migration, race, criminology and film
  • Learn from expert staff who contribute to national and international policy through advisory groups, media appearances, blogs and speeches
  • Join a team that is committed to making a positive difference in society through activism and research with real-world impact
  • Design your own dissertation topic in areas such as autism and social media or masculinity and food consumption
  • Extend your knowledge and experience through field trips, placements, study abroad, film screenings and student societies

Sociology is all about exploring the big issues in today’s world. Why do gender inequalities still exist? How does what we consume affect our sense of identity? What will the sociological impact of the cost-of-living crisis be?

Equipping you for the real world

The social problems that governments and organisations have to tackle don’t come packaged in neat subject boxes. So, we don’t believe you should study like that either. Instead, we’ll encourage you to explore several disciplines so that you’re able to see situations from different angles and grasp the bigger picture.

Alongside building your knowledge, we’ll help you to develop the critical skills you need to carry out independent research. Skills which will equip you for any area of life.

A vibrant culture and community

Focus on your personal and professional development in our Experiencing Sociology Programme. You could take part in a social activity such as a trip to Manchester or a quiz. On the skills side, it could involve how to work towards a first-class degree or make the most of careers support.

Beyond this though, we’re about building an open and supportive culture. We’ll let you have your say in developing or revising modules to reflect your interests. Plus, our friendly student ambassadors are on hand to help if you have any questions.

Your placement year

Sometimes known as a year in industry, your placement year will take place between your second and final year of study and this will extend your degree to four years. A placement year is an excellent way to:

  • try out a role that you may be interested in as a career path
  • start to build your professional network (some placement students are offered permanent roles to return to after they graduate)
  • develop skills, knowledge and experience to put you ahead of the field when you graduate

You’ll spend your third year in a paid, graduate-level position, where you’ll work for between nine and twelve months in the type of role that you might be considering for after you graduate. A very wide range of companies and organisations offer placements across all sectors.

As a full-time employee, you’ll have a detailed job description with specific responsibilities and opportunities to access training and development, the same as other employees. You will however still be a Lancaster University student during your placement and we’ll keep in touch to check how you are getting on.

Our Careers and Placements Team will help you to secure a suitable placement with expert advice and resources, such as:

  • creating an effective CV
  • cover letters and applications
  • tips and techniques on how to make an impact at interviews and assessment centres
  • how to create a strong digital profile
  • how to research employers and career sectors of interest

This support is offered via a combination of in-person and online formats, including individual advice sessions.

The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year.


A Politics and Sociology degree at Lancaster will enable you to develop skills in research, analysis and communication, as well as a range of written, team working and time management skills that are likely sought after by graduate employers.

As a graduate of Politics and Sociology you may be interested in careers such as teaching, journalism, corporate planning, public affairs, social welfare organisations, civil Service, international charities and international business. We will help you determine your direction and aim to support you in getting there. We do this by offering subject-specific support from academic tutors and careers advisers.

We are home to the Richardson Institute, which undertakes peace and conflict research. In recent years, the Institute has offered around 60 internships per year for students to undertake research projects for external organisations. You can also apply for internships as part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Internship Scheme. Past employers have included Carnegie Publishing, The Dukes Theatre, and the Ethical Consumer Research Association, with roles ranging from marketing and PR to specific research projects with heritage or humanitarian organisations.

Find out more about the support the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion offers to improve your employability, and learn about the careers of some of our alumni.

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

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.

Other Qualifications

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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.







Fees and Funding

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 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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