Current students

Useful links and resources for current Sociology students

The Department aims to deliver a world-class education in sociology, building on the Department’s research expertise in its four research clusters: Economic Sociology; Politics and Human Rights; Social Inequalities; and Urban Sociology.

Sociology Hub

Please note that the Sociology Department's Sociology Hub (the main administrative office STC S116) is open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday in term time. Outside of term time the hub is open 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Programme managers are listed below (just click on name to email). 

  • Abi Black - Enquiries relating to the PhD Programme
  • Amy Gordon - Acting Undergraduate Programme Manager
  • Numaan Khan - MSc Programme Manager (Human Rights; Economy, Risk and Society; Political Sociology)
  • Kylie Patterson - MSc Programme Manager (Sociology; City Design and Social Science; Culture and Society; Inequalities and Social Science)

Student Handbooks

The Student Handbooks contain detailed information about each programme of study and what is expected of students throughout the academic year.

Student Handbooks 2019-20

BSc Sociology Handbook

MSc Sociology Programmes Handbook

MPhil/PhD Sociology Handbook

Useful links

General information: Undergraduate Students

Student Representatives

The Department of Sociology's Undergraduate Staff Student Liaison Committee (USSLC) meets twice in the Michaelmas and Lent terms and once in the Summer Term. It is one of the main ways the Department receives feedback from the student body. Representatives are elected at the beginning of the academic year.

Contact one of your representatives if there is any problem or suggestion you would like to have raised at the USSLC.

Key Department Staff

Academic Mentor (AM): In most cases your allocated Academic Mentor is your main staff contact. Your AM can provide you with feedback on your progress and performance and can also provide pastoral support. We strongly encourage you to regularly meet with your AM at least 6-7 times a year or whenever you need advice and/or feedback. 

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS): Prof Fran Tonkiss. The DUGS is in overall charge of the BSc Sociology programme. They also chair the USSLC and the BSc Sociology Exam Sub-Board.

Departmental Tutor (DT): Dr Sam Friedman. The Departmental Tutor monitors the overall pastoral and academic support in the Department and will review student attendance, class change requests and will be required to sign any Late Course Choice Form or Degree Transfer Form.

Undergraduate Programme Manager: Clara Lyons. The Undergraduate Programme Manager provides support for many of the administrative processes on the programme and within school. They work closely with the AMs, DUGS, DT and central LSE divisions such as Student Services and Registry.

Student Mentoring

The Student Services Centre recruits continuing undergraduate students every year to act as Mentors to new undergraduate students living off campus under the Off Campus Support Scheme. Mentors act as a friendly human signpost to help new students get settled at LSE as quickly as possible, using their own experience of LSE to answer any questions they may have.

Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Students

How do I submit formative coursework?

Formative assessments are set by the class teacher and are submitted directly to the teacher. Formative assessments do not count towards your final mark and are used to provide you with feedback and to practice analytical and writing skills.

How do I submit summative coursework? (for dissertation see below)

An electronic copy of all formally assessed work, including the Dissertation, must be uploaded to Moodle by the deadline specified.

How do I submit my dissertation?

Two spiral bound hard copies of the Dissertation must also be submitted to the Sociology Hub in STC.S116. Dissertations will not be accepted unless this has been done. The front cover should also be transparent to allow your candidate number to be easily read. The submitted hard copies will not be returned to you. An electronic copy must be uploaded to Moodle by the deadline specified.

When will I receive feedback on formative work?

The Department of Sociology's policy is to provide feedback within four weeks of submission.

When will I receive feedback on summative work?

You will receive written feedback on all summative coursework in the form of qualitative comments and an indicative mark range. In most cases the Department aims to provide feedback within four weeks of submission. The only exception to this is when a course is assessed by one summative essay only, in which case the deadline for feedback is the last day of Summer Term. Whilst teachers should adhere to the four week feedback policy deadline, the deadline for all feedback is the last day of Summer Term. Please note that the LSE does not provide feedback for exams, though global feedback is currently provided for SO110.

Where do I find my candidate number?

You can find your candidate number by logging onto LSE For You and clicking on the 'Exams' tab.

How do I apply for an extension?

It is not possible to be granted an extension unless you have in place an Inclusion Plan which stipulates that renegotiating extensions in advance of deadlines is a possibility. In this circumstance, extension requests can be made to the Director of Undergraduate Studies ahead of the deadline.

What if I submit coursework late?

If you fail to submit coursework by the set deadline, five marks out of 100 will be deducted for each 24-hour period (working days only) until the coursework is submitted. After five working days, coursework will only be accepted with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. If you feel you have mitigating reasons as to why you submitted your coursework late than you may wish to fill out and submit an Exceptional Circumstances form. This will be taken into consideration at the summer Sub-Exam Board and penalties can be waived if deemed appropriate.

What do I do if I have a problem / need advice regarding an academic / learning matter?

In the first instance, contact your Academic Mentor to flag the issue. If the issue is regarding a particular course, seek the advice of the course convenor. You can view the office hours and book appointments for any Departmental academic via LSE For You. LSE LIFE offers a range of support and events specifically for Undergraduate students including advice on essay writing and exam preperation. The LSE Library have their own dedicated Sociology page and Academic Support Librarians  who can help you to utilise the library resources as fully as possible.

What do I do if I have a problem / need advice regarding programme / LSE regulations?

In the first instance, please contact your Academic Mentor and/or the Departmental Tutor. You can view the office hours and book appointments for any Departmental academic via LSE For You. The BSc Sociology Programme Manager is Clara Lyons and she can also advise on such issues. LSE Student Services also provide one to one advice and assistance and you may also wish to consider contacting the Senior Adviser to Students. LSESU run an Advice and Support Service which you may also find of help.

What do I do if I have a problem / need advice regarding personal circumstances?

In the first instance, please contact your Academic Mentor and/or the Departmental Tutor. You can view the office hours and book appointments for any Departmental academic via LSE For You. LSE Student Wellbeing run a range of services designed to support students which you may find highly useful including Disability and Wellbeing ServiceFaith CentreFinancial Support OfficePeer SupportResidential Services and Student Counselling Service. LSESU run an Advice and Support Service which you may also find of help.

What do I do if I have a disability / condition that will affect my studies?

The LSE Disability and Wellbeing Service (DWS) provide full support for any student with a disability, medical condition, dyslexia or neurodiverse condition or other specific need. The DWS can ensure that the LSE, including the Department of Sociology, support you in the fullest way possible via an Inclusion Plan/Individual Student Support Agreement. Confidentiality is taken very seriously by the LSE and if you choose to disclose your situation to the DWS they will only inform other parties within the LSE on a strict 'need to know basis' and with your full consent.

What do I do if I have mitigating circumstances that affected my assessment performance I would like the Exam Board to take into consideration?

If you experience difficulties which you feel may have had an impact on your assessment performance or casued you to submit a piece of coursework late, you should submit an Exceptional Circumstances Form to Student Services. Such circumstances include but are not limited to: illness, injury or bereavement. It is important to submit appropriate evidence along with the ECF. Further information on the ECF process can be found here.

What if I need to interrupt my studies / defer my exams?

An interruption of studies can be taken from the beginning of the Michaelmas or Lent Terms (backdated if necessary and considered appropriate) and lasts for one calender year. Interruption of Studies requests are usually considered on the basis of exceptional circumstances. In the first instance please contact your Academic Mentor. More information on interrupting your studies can be found here. If you have undertaken teaching throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms but exceptional circumstances mean you feel unable to take your exams in the Summer Term, you may wish to consider deferring your exams until the following year. Deferrals requests can be made up until the day of the exam, but cannot be made retrospectively once the exam has been sat. (In this circumstance, submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form). More information on deferring exams can be found here.

How and when do I register for my programme?

 If you are a continuing student (ie you were in year 1 or year 2 last year) then information on how to reregister for the new year can be found here. If you are a new student, information on how and when to register for our undergraduate programme can be found here.

How and when do I register for my courses?

The Course Choice Selection System opens on LSE For You during the Lent Term when you can choose your courses for the following year. 

When will I find out my results?

Formal undergraduate results are released in mid-July on LSE For You. Provisional results cannot be released prior to this date. Further information on the precise release date and results publication generally can be found here.

Graduation

Information relating to your graduation ceremony, degree certification, transcript and diploma supplement can be found here.

What do LSE Sociology graduates do?

Many graduate jobs make use of the social insight and skills acquired through the study of sociology. Students go into a wide variety of professions, such as teaching, research, politics, public administration, the social and health services, advertising, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, industry, accounting, marketing, personnel and management. 

The annual LSE alumni survey follows up graduates six months after they leave LSE and tracks their employment details and salary levels. See the latest results here: What do Sociology graduates do?

LSE Careers is here to help guide students through the careers maze with a comprehensive range of careers and employment services. They offer careers events, a vacancy board, one-to-one appointments and practice interviews, advice about further study, support if you'd like to set up your own business, and numerous online resources.

The Department of Sociology's dedicated careers advisor is Viki Chinn from LSE Careers. If you need individual guidance you can book one-to-one appointments with Viki or another careers consultant in the team.

The relationship with LSE doesn’t end with graduation: our alumni are strongly encouraged to stay in touch with LSE to ensure they make the most of the full range of alumni services offered by both LSE Careers and Alumni.

Photo Competition 2020

We are excited to announce our first photo competition! The competition is open to all students enrolled in the Department of Sociology.

The theme for the competition is ‘Researching Sociology’. We are looking for photos that represent what researching sociology means to you.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 4th May 2020.

Find out more here.