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 2014:

First year students 2014:

Our degree:

  • Provides students with an understanding of the major sociological perspectives and debates within the discipline
  • Provides students with a critical understanding of societies and the forms they take
  • Familiarises students with issues and debates in a range of different sub-disciplines within sociology
  • Provides 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 first 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 note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated undergraduate course and programme information page.

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 Societies 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 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  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, which outlines the key qualitative and quantitative techniques required 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.

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.