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Sociology at the University of Edinburgh is ranked in the UK's top six and in Europe’s top 7 universities for sociology in the Q.S. World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
On our single and joint undergraduate degree programmes we place a strong emphasis on doing rather than just reading about sociology. Students are trained and supported to carry out your own research. We also emphasise research-led teaching; our lecturers are all active researchers who bring to their teaching the most contemporary ideas and knowledge about their topics of interest.
We have a thriving and cosmopolitan community of postgraduate students across our taught and research degrees. Students are integral to our department’s vibrant intellectual culture, so you’ll find a welcoming place here to carry out your studies.
We offer four-year undergraduate MA degrees in Sociology and in Sociology with Quantitative Methods, as well as leading combined programmes in Sociology and Politics, Sociology and Psychology, and Sociology and Social Anthropology. Sociology staff also have a leading role in the MA Sustainable Development degree programme.
At postgraduate level, as well as PhD programmes in Sociology and in Socio-Cultural Studies, we also offer one-year (full-time) and two-year (part-time) Masters (MSc) degrees in Digital Society, Nationalism Studies, and Sociology and Global Change.
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Sociology examines how individual choices are affected by wider social forces and how they can be understood by placing them in their social context.
Sociology and Politics
Sociology and Politics offers an overview of key issues, debates and areas of sociology and political science, exploring the different social norms, interactions, conflicts and networks that […]
Sociology and Psychology
The MA Sociology and Psychology offers thorough training in the major areas of sociology and psychology. Those aiming to understand identity, violence, crime or intimacy tend to draw on both […]
Sociology and Social Anthropology
This popular joint degree programme offers you a grounding in sociology and social anthropology. The two subjects complement and enrich each other, offering insights into culture, identity, social […]
Sociology with Quantitative Methods
This programme combines the study of sociology with courses that introduce you to using statistics and mathematics in social science. You will study how we interact and relate to one another, in […]