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The Department of Sociology

Studying sociology, especially at LSE, was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The Department has brilliant lecturers that are there to guide you and I’m thankful for their (literal) open doors. I know it’s cliché, but I genuinely found myself here.

Chinyere A Ogbue, BSc Sociology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology. Here you can meet us virtually and find out more about the Department and our programme. Take your time to browse through the information and follow the links to our Department webpages to really get to know us.

An introduction to sociology at LSE An introduction to sociology at LSE
Our academics introduce studying sociology at LSE

Visit the Department webpages

Virtual Open Day resources

Our Sociology presentation slides provide an introduction to our BSc Sociology programme, teaching and assessment methods and life in the department. 

Listen to the Department's podcasts and videos to find out more about a range of topics and discussions related to sociology. 

Top three reasons why you should study sociology at LSE

  1. You’ll engage with critical issues in contemporary societies.
  2. You’ll develop key skills in research and analysis.
  3. You’ll study with leading sociologists in the field.

As well as the above have a read through the message from the Director of Undergraduate Studies and watch our video which aims to answer the question "Are sociologists trying to change the world?"

Message from Professor Fran Tonkiss, Director of Undergraduate Studies,  Department of Sociology

“The BSc Sociology is perhaps the most critical degree offered by the Department of Sociology: throughout a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and numerous activities, we hope to inspire in you a passion for the discipline and the possibilities of the sociological imagination.

The degree is challenging: you will have to deal with new types of knowledge, collaborate with your peers in novel ways, and critically assess some of the most profound taken-for-granted assumptions of the modern world. It is, however, also a rewarding experience: you will learn to create, collaborate and think in new and critical ways.”

Are sociologists trying to change the world? Are sociologists trying to change the world?
Are sociologists trying to change the world? Our academics respond to this question.

You can learn more about us as a Department on our departmental webpages.

Our programmes: BSc Sociology

Sociology explores critical issues and dilemmas across all aspects of society, from power and inequality to the organisation of urban space. Our BSc Sociology programme involves the study of social action and processes, social movements, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class, power and inequality. Students can select from a wide range of optional courses, addressing subjects such as health, homicide and technology, before completing an independent research project in their final year.

BSc Sociology Taster Lecture with Dr Liene Orzolina BSc Sociology Taster Lecture with Dr Liene Orzolina
Dr Liene Ozoliņa explains what you can expect from a Sociology degree.

For detailed information regarding entry requirements, programme content, preliminary reading and accreditation please visit our BSc Sociology programme page.

Key facts

  • Academic year 2021/22: September 2021 - June 2022
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Applications/offers/intake 2019: 358/160/36
  • Median salary of our UG students 6 months after graduating*: £22,500
  • Top 5 sectors our students work in*: Auditing, education and teaching, NGOSs and charities, research - market, public sector and government.

Entry requirements

Here we list our entry requirements in terms of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK and from overseas, so if you are not studying these qualifications please follow the relevant link. For our GCSE requirements please see the BSc Sociology programme page.

Please also note that LSE has subject preferences and some programmes may have specific requirements in terms of subjects you are required to take. Please see the programme page for this information.

UCAS code: L301
A-levels: AAB
IB Diploma: 37 points overall, with 666 at higher level

Language specialism

Students who have taken and passed at least one language course in each year of their degree can opt to receive a language specialism attached to their degree certificate and transcript. The three courses must be consecutively harder in level, for example: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students must take all courses in the same language (French, Spanish, German, Mandarin or Russian) in order to qualify for the specialism. Degree certificates which include a language specialism will state the language in the title, for example: BSc Sociology with French.

*The data was collected through an annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, aggregated over five years (2011-2016). The survey was completed by graduates approximately six months after their graduation ceremony. The median salary is calculated for those whose main activity is working full-time and includes those working outside the UK.

Our research and events

As a Department we are always busy. Explore our research and the events we put on below.

LSE Sociology: The Diversity of our Research LSE Sociology: The Diversity of our Research
Our academics talk about the diversity of research that goes on in the Department

Explore our research

Take a look at our events

Read the departmental news

Explore the British Journal of Sociology

Read our blog "Researching Sociology@LSE"

Learn more with our "LSE Human Rights" blog

Please also have a look at the below videos and podcasts to find out more about studying in the Department of Sociology:

Podcasts/videos from events:

The full catalogue of podcasts and videos is available on our webpages

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