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Study Sociology

Challenge the status quo

Department of Sociology

Develop a new way of looking at the world as you delve into a creative and far-reaching discipline.

Get ready to explore how societies shape people, opinions and social interactions. As a student of sociology, you’ll learn to challenge the status quo.

Join our community of thinkers and examine important issues in subjects as varied as religion, health, science and language. Thanks to our diverse expertise and flexible courses, you’ll be able to focus your studies on whatever you are passionate about, making the subject feel like yours to master.

Studying with us will transform the way you think, enabling you to ask the right questions and giving you the research skills you need to find answers. A degree from our Department will enable you to take on a career in a range of sectors.

All sociologists know how to influence change. That’s what we should be doing. I can write statutes because I’m a sociologist of law. I find it quite easy to do. I’m not sure most sociologists would. Nevertheless, every one of them can effect practical change. I think all my colleagues do. They just do it in different ways.

Paul Johnson, Head of Department. Learn more about Paul

Leading research

First in the UK for the quality of our research.

Times Higher Education's Ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Supportive environment

We hold regular events to support you through your studies, help you prepare for you career and feel part of the departmental community.

Our courses


Develop a new way of looking at the world.


Gain expertise in the nature of crime and deviance.

Social and Political Sciences

Confront the complexities of the contemporary world.

Teaching and assessment

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