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Information for current students

Below you will find relevant information for students at the Department of Sociology.


New to the Department? Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

For information to help you settle in during your first few weeks at the School see Your first weeks.

For information on registration see New Student Programme Registration.

For campus and area maps, room numbering and other useful information about finding your way around the campus see LSE maps and directions.

For information on the many activities going on around the campus see the calendar on the LSE Students' Union website: What's on.

Any questions? Contact your programme manager:

  • Clara Lyons - BSc Programme Manager;
  • Shakila Khan - MSc Programme Manager (Human Rights; Economy, Risk and Society; Political Sociology);
  • Kylie Lawrence - MSc Programme Manager (Sociology; City Design and Social Science; Culture and Society; International Migration);
  • Kalynka Bellman - PhD Programme Manager

Where is the Department of Sociology located?

The Department is located in the centre of the campus, in St Clement’s Building (prefix STC). See LSE maps and directions. Due to redevelopment work on campus the building is currently accessible via the back entrances only. There may be changes to some academic and administrative staff offices, but we will keep these as up to date as possible on our People webpages.

Please note that our postal address is The Department of Sociology, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

When is the Welcome meeting? Is it important to attend?

Welcome Week is held the week before classes begin. This page will have a link to the Sociology Welcome Week timetable before the beginning of the academic year. LSE also holds general Welcome Presentations for all new students - follow the link above to the School’s webpages. It’s a good idea to attend all Welcome Week sessions if you can, but if you are unable to arrive in time please let your programme manager know.

What is the difference between a 'course' and a 'programme'?

We use the words 'course' and 'programme' interchangeably. In other words, the 'MSc Sociology degree programme' can also be referred to as the 'MSc Sociology course'. A course within that, e.g. SO433 Cultural Theory, may be referred to as a course or a paper (NB the prefix ‘SO’ means this is a Sociology Department course – or paper). So, a programme may be called a course, but a course will never be called a programme. It should all make sense after you arrive!

What is the difference between a 'class' and a 'seminar'?

Classes are held for undergraduate students to provide an opportunity to discuss issues raised in lectures and as a result of private study. Normally, classes have up to 14 students and meet for one hour a week. Most classes involve student presentations as a way of starting discussion. Seminars are similar to classes but are held for postgraduate students and will normally have up to 15 students, although some course conveners may have opted to keep all the students together in a larger group. They are normally 1.5 hours in length but again, that may vary.

Is there a Departmental Common Room?

The Robert McKenzie Room (STC 219) can be used as a common room/study space for all students when not in use for meetings or seminars. 

Is there any formal representation of students in the Sociology Department?

Yes, there are staff student committees for all our programmes. There are two student representatives from each year for the BSc and MPhil/PhD programmes, and for each MSc programme. These are decided by the students within the first few weeks of MT and there are termly meetings of the committees so that student reps can raise any issues of concern with staff.

When will I be given access to email? Can I access reading lists before the session begins?

If you are coming to the Sociology Department as an undergraduate, you will be sent information from the School's Undergraduate Admissions Office in due course regarding the date from which you can access your network log-in and email account. Please note that this information will only be sent to you once any conditions attached to your offer have been met. Such access is likely to be prior to registration but after 31 August. At this point you will also be able to make your course selection via LSE for You, and to register on Moodle, the School's virtual learning environment, where you will find reading lists. If you are coming to the Department as a postgraduate student, you should check the Graduate Admissions website during the summer for a link to information regarding your network log-in and email access which will be via LSE for You. Once you have a School network account, you will be able to register on Moodle and may be able to gain access to the readings and other information even if you decide not to take the subject as an examination option (provided access has not been limited to students enrolled on the course, as is sometimes the case).

What study skills support is provided by the School?

The School offers a range of study support facilities, via the Library, IT Services, LSE Language Centre, the Student Services Centre, the Teaching and Learning Centre, and now LSE LIFE - the School's go-to centre for academic, personal, and professional development.

How many hours a week are given over to lectures and classes/seminars? How is teaching distributed across the three terms?

For each examinable course that you will be taking, there will normally be a weekly 1-hour lecture and an accompanying 1-hour weekly class (for undergraduates) or 1.5 hour weekly seminar (for MSc students). These normally run during Michaelmas and Lent Terms with revision sessions in the early part of the Summer Term. Sometimes you will also be advised by the course coordinator to attend a complementary set of lectures. Details of the teaching arrangements for individual courses can be found in the relevant course guides. You can also view the online sessional timetable for each course and see your personal timetable on LSE for You.

Does the Department of Sociology hold reading weeks?

Week 6 of both the Michaelmas and Lent terms will be classed as mixed reading weeks within the Department, which means that while some courses will be holding pure reading weeks, other courses will be using the time to hold additional learning activities, such as research methods workshops, skills development training, and applied case studies to name but a few possibilities. See Index of Modules which will be updated later in the summer to see the individual course structures.

Can I tape lectures and access lecture notes?

The recording of lectures requires the prior consent of the lecturers, who may also distribute lecture notes and slides at their own discretion. Many lectures are now recorded automatically and made available to students online. The Department will make reasonable adjustments for the needs of students with disabilities.

How often will I meet my academic adviser?

This and other details of academic adviser provision can be found in: Code of Good Practice for Undergraduate Programmes and Code of Good Practice for Taught Course Masters Programmes.

Do students usually work to support themselves while studying, and what paid jobs are available within the School? Also, are internships arranged by the Department?

Some students do take on part-time work during their studies. However, as it is important not to over-commit yourself, it is advisable to speak to your academic advisor about any such plans to ensure that the time commitment involved will be compatible with your studies. The Students' Union offers some opportunities, and the LSE Events employs students as stewards for the many public lectures and events held at LSE. You could also try asking the Library and your hall of residence if there are any vacancies. The Department does not arrange internships but graduate students may be interested in the LSE Internship Scheme. For more guidance see Part time work.

When will the examinations be held and when will the examination timetable be available?

Examinations are held in the Summer Term (and in some departments, certain courses may be examined at the beginning of Lent Term). The examination timetable, which is organised by the School's Examinations Office, not the Sociology Department, is normally published by the end of the preceding Lent Term.

Are there any social/study events in the Department of Sociology?

We start the year with a welcome party for all new sociology students during Welcome Week, so do come to that if possible. We also have a Christmas party in the last week of MT and you may have get-togethers by programme. 

I can’t find the answer to my question here, where can I find it?

Your individual course handbook should give you most of the information you need to know. All the handbooks will be available online, and you will be given a physical copy at the beginning of term. In addition, there is more information about every aspect of studying at LSE on the LSE website. If you are still not sure, contact your programme manager (see above).

What if I am a part-time MSc student?

If you are studying for your MSc on a part-time basis, see our additional FAQs for part-time students.

Student Handbooks

Individual programme handbooks are given to each incoming student at the beginning of the academic year. They contain detailed information about each programme of study and what is expected of students throughout the academic year.

If you are considering studying sociology at LSE the additional information in the handbooks may prove useful in helping you decide on a course of study as the booklets are more definitive than the LSE prospectus, but please note there may be changes in the forthcoming year, so do double check the information on the website.

The programmes currently offered by the Department are listed below. Please click on the relevant programme to view the student handbooks:

BSc Sociology handbook

MSc Sociology handbook

MSc City Design and Social Science handbook 

MSc Culture and Society handbook

MSc Economy, Risk and Society handbook 

MSc Human Rights handbook

MSc International Migration and Public Policy handbook

MSc Political Sociology handbook

MPhil/PhD Sociology handbook

For MSc Inequalities and Social Science, contact the programme convenors: Professor Mike Savage and Professor Diane Perrons.

Information for Undergraduate Students

Useful links

Sociology Society

LSE Careers

LSE Library

Sociology Department Support Librarian

Teaching and Learning Centre

Student Wellbeing

Language Centre

LSE For You


Student Representatives

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

Please do 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 Adviser (AA): In most cases your allocated Academic Adviser is your main staff contact. Your AA 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 AA 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 Ursula Henz. 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 AAs, DUGS, DT and central LSE divisions such as Student Services and Registry.

Student mentoring

The Student Services Centre recruits continuing undergraduate studentsevery 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.

Undergraduate Students: Frequently Asked Questions

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)

Two stapled hard copies of your summative coursework should be submitted to the Sociology Administration Office in STC116 by 4.30pm on the deadline date. Each copy must have a completed Summative Assessment Submission Form attached to the front. An electronic copy must also be submitted via Moodle by 6pm on the deadline date. Please note that your name and student number must not appear anywhere within your coursework. Only identify yourself through your five digit Candidate Number. (You can find your candidate number by logging onto LSE For You and clicking on the 'Exams' tab.) The marks from your summative assessments count towards your final mark. Please see your programme handbook for further details (see above).

How do I submit my dissertation?

Dissertations must be submitted in the same way as summative coursework with the addition that both of your hard copies are soft or spiral bound. 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.

When will I receive feedback on formative work?

The Department'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 please meet with your Academic Adviser or if regarding a particular course seek the advice of the class convenor. You can view the office hours and book appointments for any Departmental academic via LSE For You. The LSE Teaching and Learning Centre offer 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 (Ellen Wilkinson and Andra Fry) 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 meet with your Academic Adviser and / or the Departmental Tutor. You can view the office hours and book appointments for any Departmental academic via LSE For You. The Sociology Undergraduate Administrator Clara Lyons 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 meet with your Academic Adviser 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. Upon contacting the DWS they can ensure that the School including the Department 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 Adviser. More information on interrupting your studies can be found here. If you have undertaken teaching throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms but exceptional circumstances means you feel you will not be able to undertake 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 new student, information on how and when to register for our undergraduate programme can be found here. 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.

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.

Career Prospects for LSE Sociology Graduates

What are the career prospects for LSE Sociology graduates? 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. For more information see the LSE Careers webpage and filter results for Sociology: LSE graduate destinations

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

The LSE’s standing, the calibre of its graduates and our exceptional working relationship with top graduate recruiters mean that we are able to offer our students an outstanding programme of events, internship and voluntary opportunities, careers advice and skills development throughout their time at LSE.

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.

Careers workshops

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