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One degree is available for study at undergraduate level - BSc Sociology (see contents panel). The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Professor Fran Tonkiss, who can answer any questions you may have about the academic content of your course. The Departmental Tutor is Dr Ursula Henz, whose role includes providing departmental orientation programmes for new and continuing students. Individual programme handbooks are given to each incoming student at the beginning of the academic year - see BSc Sociology Student Handbook (PDF).  The handbook contains detailed information about each programme of study and what is expected of students throughout the academic year. This additional information should prove useful in helping you decide on a course of study, as the handbook is more definitive than the LSE prospectus (but don't forget there may be some changes in the forthcoming year).

Open Days

LSE's Open Days give prospective students a chance to look around the campus and hear more about the Department of Sociology.  We hold two open days each year for prospective undergraduate students. For more information about what's on offer, booking a place on an Open Day and other ways of getting to know LSE please see Open Days and Evenings.

To find out more about life as an LSE student you can also see Study at LSE Videos.

Lucy Matthews, BSc Sociology student 2014-2017:

"LSE Sociology has completely changed the way I understand society, enabling me to confidently and eloquently challenge and develop my own ideas as well as others. Throughout the three years you are given the tools to become your own sociologist, somebody who asks important questions and wants to understand and confront the social issues that matter. The department itself is extremely supportive and you are really encouraged to get involved. I would also encourage you to do the same as it really enriches your overall experience at the LSE - you aren't just here to study! The LSESU Sociology and Social Justice Society is a great way to do this as you hear first-hand from those teaching you about so many aspects of Sociology that can't be squeezed into the curriculum.

"University can often be daunting but the Sociology department is a supportive environment and the academics will go above and beyond to help you to succeed. Make sure you throw yourself into everything that you do and you will have no regrets about coming to LSE and studying Sociology."

BSc Student Lucy Matthews

Alvin Ong, BSc Sociology student 2014-2017:

"My undergraduate education at LSE has been a most enjoyable and challenging experience. More pertinently, studying Sociology has helped me nurture an appreciation of the social world that we live in. It opens up many unprecedented ways of thinking about society, from crime to family to technology etc. I am very thankful that the Department offered a wide range of resources with regard to staff support and library materials to facilitate my training as a social researcher. 

"Looking back, I think my greatest takeaway was definitely the ability to do my own primary social research. Learning how to frame my research topic using existing social theory and to apply the repertoire of research methodologies was certainly the most exciting academic endeavour."

BSc Student Alvin Ong

Ronda Daniel, BSc Sociology student 2014-2017:

"When I first arrived at LSE, I felt intimidated and nervous. The thought of university was daunting; I am the first person in my family to attend university, and I did not know what to expect. After my first few weeks with the LSE Sociology department, the learning environment and the level of support I received made me comfortable at university very quickly. It was a surreal feeling coming from sixth form and school, and being taught by and speaking to people whose studies and books I’d read. Being able to work closely with leading academics was great, and they were so generous with their time to support myself and my peers.

"The course content was challenging, interesting and I can’t think of a time when I didn’t get home and talk about what I had learned that day. I see society in a new light, and I am grateful for that. The LSE Sociology department also provided me with plenty of opportunities to contribute to it, and opportunities to conduct our own research; I felt these made me grow from someone who read sociology to a sociologist."

BSc Student Ronda Daniel

Amraj Lally, BSc Sociology student 2012-2015:

"Studying Sociology at the LSE has been a great experience. It is an intense and independent pursuit, and an opportunity to gain a critical understanding about society and culture. There are a lot of resources and support available such as office hours with leading academics. The academics across the department are often generous with their time and support and this has personally enhanced my experience at university.

"The LSE Sociology Department in conjunction with the LSESU Sociology & Social Justice Society offer many opportunities to learn, interact and grow."

BSc student Amraj Lally

Zara Paul, BSc Sociology student 2008-2011:

"I genuinely have a lot to thank the LSE for as I have gained so much in the past 3 years and developed myself to a such a great degree. When I first arrived at the university I was very unconfident about my academic capabilities. However, the tutors and the lecturers embraced my qualities and strengthened my weaknesses, ensuring my grades could only improve.

"I worked solidly by attending office hours and skills lectures arranged by the university and my confidence grew through performing with the university shows, speaking up in class discussions and being forced into presentations! My friend network made me realise the triviality of my insecurities along with introducing me to a wide range of global lessons: Asian weddings, Ghanian food, Brazilian dancing!

"I could go on for ever!" 

BSc Sociology student Zara Paul

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.