BA Hons

  • UCAS code L300
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 years


Top reasons to study with us

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    14th for Sociology

    The Complete University Guide (2025)

  • Graduate Prospects (Sociology), Complete University Guide 2025

  • World Top 100 (Sociology) QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

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 a dissertation on a topic of your choosing, choose an issue that is personally important to you. Previous topics include the relationship between autism and social media, masculinity and food consumption, and efforts to decolonise the curriculum.
  • 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.


Our sociology degree will offer you a wide range of opportunities. It’s exciting to see the many diverse and fulfilling careers our graduates go on to.

Our students say the skills they’ve been equipped with helped them to stand out from the competition in the job market. These include being able to analyse a situation, asking the right questions and seeing the bigger picture. All key skills to work out why trends in society might be happening and to empower you to take positive action.

Just some of the sectors you might work in with a BA (Hons) Sociology degree include:

  • Charity sector work or community engagement
  • Social enterprise
  • The caring professions
  • The Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Specialist recruitment
  • Media and creative industries
  • Human resources and graduate trainee management

And if you decide to follow a research career, those skills will also stand you in good stead.

Whatever route you go down, you can be confident that your degree and the skills it equips you with will open many doors.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you 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 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

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual admissions

Contextual admissions could help you gain a place at university if you have faced additional challenges during your education which might have impacted your results. Visit our contextual admissions page to find out about how this works and whether you could be eligible.

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.


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Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

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£9,250 £23,750

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Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

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