Why study sociology at LSE?

"It's been such a pleasure to study at the LSE, especially within the political sociology department. I've had my eyes opened to a rich and fascinating field of research and I hope that I can continue to develop my knowledge and understanding as I move through the world of work (and life!)."
Gabrielle Melvin, awarded the Hobhouse Memorial Prize for best overall performance with distinction on the MSc Political Sociology 2011.

"At the LSE I gained access to a broad field of research, met fascinating people and had the possibility to develop my own thoughts and ideas. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to learn so much during this last year at the LSE and can only hope I will be as inspired in the future."
Stefanie Ellwanger, awarded the Hobhouse Memorial Prize for best overall performance on the MSc Culture and Society 2011.

Studying togetherThe Department of Sociology provides up-to-date, research-led teaching by international experts in their field. Students benefit from an international student body, international staff and global perspective; the interdisciplinary environment of LSE, in which students can attend lectures, seminars and courses offered by any department or institute within the School; and excellent information and IT resources, including the extensive holdings of the British Library of Political and Economic Science, LSE.

LSE's central London location offers unequalled access to cultural activities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, financial centres, research institutes and library/information resources. London is one of the most stimulating world cities for a student experience.

Degree studies in the Department of Sociology provide a critical understanding of society and expertise in researching social processes, and build the basis for careers in (for example) politics, public administration, social and health services, media, marketing and advertising, non-governmental organizations and more. 

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See our Alumni and careers page (link on left) for more about what LSE Sociology graduates go on to do, with links to LSE's Careers Service and Alumni Relations websites.

Students relaxingLSE Sociology is consistently ranked as one of the best sociology departments in the country and best in London.  The Guardian says in its profile of LSE:

"The LSE is the only university in the UK specialising in the study of social sciences and has a worldwide reputation in the field. The world's largest social sciences library is housed here. Of the 9,000 or so students, half are postgraduates and only about a third are from the UK, making for the largest proportion of overseas students at any university in the world. LSE students have a reputation for being academic and determined; the fact that the university library has a borrowing rate four times the national average speaks volumes. Graduates enjoy top employment rates and starting salaries." more|

LSE Open Days and Evenings

LSE holds two open days a year for prospective undergraduate students and a graduate open evening, plus a visit day for undergraduates who have been offered a place so, whether you are thinking of applying or already have an offer, you can tour the campus, talk to faculty, staff and current students and find out what it is like to be here.  For more information about Open Days and other ways of getting to know LSE see Open Days and Evenings|.