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Welcome to Sociology at Leicester

We were one of the first Sociology Departments established in the UK, and offer an international reputation, a wealth of experience in teaching and an enviable research pedigree. Our courses provide a thorough and exciting grounding in key areas of sociological analysis, theory and research.

During your time with us, you’ll be getting to grips with contemporary and topical issues in society – areas where our academics are conducting research at the cutting-edge: education and society; sport and deviance; children and childhood; identity, fashion and consumption; migration and citizenship; media and communication; the global sex trade and cosmetic surgery; class, gender and ethnicity; age and the life course; happiness and well-being, and more.

Flexibility underpins our degree structure, which means that you will get to shape the content of your degree to suit your own interests and career pathways. Whichever direction you choose, you will be taught by enthusiastic scholars who are keen to share their expertise with you.

We provide many opportunities for you to enhance your degree. Under expert and supportive supervision you can conduct your own chosen sociological research project. You will collect data in the field, analyse it and write it up. You can also choose to study abroad, a great way of broadening your horizons and experiencing a different academic climate.

Why choose Sociology at Leicester?

For all undergraduate (BA) degrees in Sociology

  • Places: 49
  • Applications: 295
  • Employability: 94%
  • NSS: 94% overall satisfaction

Detailed entry requirements

  • We are proud to have happy students. We receive excellent student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey. We are particularly noted for the quality of our teaching and the support students receive from staff.
  • Staff members regularly contribute to major national and international journals and have authored or edited nearly 50 books. Sociology Review, the key periodical for school and college sociology students, is also edited in the Department.
  • Our graduates have a very good record in gaining employment. 94% of our 2012/13 graduates were in employment or further education six months after graduating.
  • We have an active Sociology Society providing for students' needs - both social and academic. Some of the society's events are organised jointly with the Criminology and Psychology Societies.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad in locations in Europe or in the USA – a fantastic way to expand your knowledge, develop new skills and experience a completely new environment.

Course opportunities

You can spend one semester abroad at one of our partner universities in Sweden, Poland or the USA.

Teaching, learning and assessment

As an undergraduate student, you will take three modules each semester. There are two lectures and one seminar for each module, making a minimum of nine hours' contact time per week. Additional time with teaching staff is also available and our lecturers and tutors have regular office hours for individual consultations. You are encouraged to meet regularly with staff to discuss your work and receive guidance and feedback.

During the remainder of your study time you are able to access our excellent learning resources provided by the Library and the Department of Sociology. The majority of the resources for the course are now available online. As well as traditional written material, we provide a growing selection of multimedia resources to enrich your learning experience.

Assessment varies between modules but involves an equal balance of coursework and exams.

Career opportunities

  • The second year module, 'Sociology and the World of Work', will prepare you for life after University and show you how the theory of sociology is put into practice in the workplace.
  • You will regularly discuss career preferences with your personal tutors at each level of study, building up a profile of your optimum career pathways.
  • You can use your own work experience as a focus for your Third Year research project, providing a more reflexive approach to thinking about future careers.


Previous graduates have found jobs with: Barclays, Harrow Council, Hertfordshire Police, NHS, Npower, Rawlings Community School, RHWL Architects, Santander, The Green Energy Company

Postgraduate study

Previous graduates have gone on to study: Contemporary Sociology; Journalism; Occupational Therapy; Poverty and Developmen; Social Work

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Majors and Minors available

You can study Sociology subjects with other subjects through our Major/Minor scheme:

Majors available

Minors available
Deviance and Society
Gender Studies
Leisure, Sport and Consumption
Migration and Development
Social Research in Practice


Admissions enquiries
0116 252 5281

Course enquiries
0116 252 2739

Department of Sociology website