BSc Sociology

UCAS code: L301

Programme requirement:
A level Sociology is not a requirement

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see

Applications 2013:

First year students 2013:

Our degree aims to:

  • Provide students with a critical understanding of societies and the forms they take
  • Provide students with an understanding of the major sociological perspectives and debates within the discipline
  • To familiarise students with issues and debates in a range of different sub-disciplines within Sociology
  • Provide students with foundational knowledge of social research methods and their application within the discipline
  • Encourages students to think critically, and to engage with theoretical and empirical research in order to develop rigorous, critical and independent thought

In order to achieve these aims our degree begins with a foundational year that introduces the key concepts, theories and some methods in Sociology, before progressing to more advanced discussions of theory and methods, and more detailed examination of specialist areas within the discipline. The degree culminates in the third year with the sociological project in which students use what they have learned in their foundational first and second year courses, and specialist options, to independently research a sociological topic  of their own choice. 

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Sociological Dissertation (10,000 word essay)
  • Two approved second- or third-year sociology options
  • One second- or third-year sociology option or one option in another department

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations  for first and second year students in 2014-15, or Programme Regulations for third year students in 2014-15.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Programme details

First year

There are three compulsory courses, and one optional course, in the first year. The first year focuses on the Key Concepts in Sociology, introducing sociological theories and the different approaches to conceptual analysis and development within our discipline. Key Issues in Contemporary Society provides an overview of some of the most important issues in contemporary society - for example, class, power and inequality; money, work; gender, sexuality; race and ethnicity; illness and deviance; in a comparative context. Students also take an introductory course on Statistics in Society and a further sociology option, or course of their own choice from another department. This can include a language. 

Second and third years

There are two core courses in the second year. Sociological Analysis that explores key sociological issues through critical readings of empirical research studies exploring the connections between theoretical arguments and the practice of social enquiry; and Researching London: An Introduction to Research Methods that outlines the key qualitative and quantitative techniques that are needed  in order to design and conduct sociological research. Students also take two other courses, one of which is selected from within Sociology, while the other can be a course in another LSE Department or from the list of Sociology options below.

In the third year students complete the Sociological Project where what they have learned in their foundational first and second year courses, and specialist options, is employed to independently research a sociological topic of the student’s own choice and design. Students also select a further two Sociology options, a further sociology option, or another option from outside the Department.