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UCAS code:L301

BSc Sociology

Deepen your understanding of the biggest social problems and ethical dilemmas facing us in today’s contemporary world.



What drives social inequality? How do we tackle poverty and racial prejudice? How do we create more inclusive societies? These are some of the big questions we explore on this fascinating BSc Sociology programme.

You’ll develop a firm grasp of the main principles of contemporary sociology – examining theoretical ideas that help us better understand the society we live in.

Delving deep into the subject, you’ll compare different societies, look at social processes and institutions, and examine theories about the nature of social existence. Right from the start, you’ll develop practical skills to prepare for your future career – learning how to think critically and examining different methods of social research.

Here at LSE, you’ll be studying at one of the top sociology departments. Ours was the first sociology department in the UK – shaping the discipline nationally and globally. So, you’ll be joining a department with an internationally renowned team and world-class research credentials.

You can also add a language specialism to your degree award – see the Programme Structure and Courses section for details.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Why study with us

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Student stories

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If you want variety and diversity in what you’re taught, BSc Sociology at LSE is the perfect programme for you!
Ellie Flaherty, UK, BSc Sociology
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Sociology at LSE is very broad and we cover many interesting topics, from studying the original texts of Durkheim and Marx, to debating the causes and impact of growing inequality in the UK. There is also a strong emphasis on developing independent critical and reasoning skills.
Akosua Yeboah, Essex, UK, BSc Sociology
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The programme is very flexible; it allows you to take outside options every year, broadening the student experience and your knowledge. LSE also has a wide range of optional sociology units ranging from more common areas like gender to more obscure subjects like digital technology.
Umut Bektas, Essex, UK, BSc Sociology

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

The table of fees shows the latest tuition fees for all programmes.

You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


Learning and assessment

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Graduate destinations


We train our undergraduates to the highest standards and the critical thinking skills they develop are valued by employers. Our students go into a wide variety of professions including teaching, research, politics, public administration, the media, social and health services, advertising, journalism, law, publishing, industry, accounting, marketing, personnel and management.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Median salary of our undergraduate students 15 months after graduating:


Top 4 sectors our students work in:

Advertising, Marketing, PR, Media, Entertainment, Publishing and Journalism
Recruitment amd Employment Activities
Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Law and Legal Services

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