Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Sociology

Why choose Sociology at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 5 and in Europe's top 10 universities for sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our commitment to teaching and student support is seen in the winners and nominations we have achieved over the years at the Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Awards.

  • One of the great strengths of studying sociology with us is the breadth and diversity of topics covered and the range of joint programmes we offer.

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The programme equips us with practical skills such as learning research techniques and statistical programs while also developing an open-minded and creative outlook.

Caroline Stevens 4th year MA (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods
Caroline Stevens 4th year MA (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods

Introducing Sociology

Sociology examines how individual choices are affected by wider social forces and how they can be understood by placing them in their social context.

At Edinburgh, we study the relationship between individuals and groups, issues of belonging and identity, the social causes of cooperation and conflict, and the way societies and social institutions are formed and change over time.

Our programme also equips you to compare different national contexts and understand contemporary social issues from a global perspective.