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Why study sociology at Warwick?

You will be joining one of the world’s top Sociology departments, located in the heart of Warwick’s central campus in the vibrant city of Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021. Warwick Sociology has an international reputation for research excellence, a global and cosmopolitan perspective, and high quality in teaching. Our curriculum offers a comprehensive and up-to-date foundation with a diverse range of specialist options. Join us for a supportive, distinct and rewarding sociological experience at the West Midlands’ number 1 University, (Complete University Guide 2019).

We are rated as one of the top departments in the UK, as confirmed by our consistently high placing across the range of national leagues tables: rated 4th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 12th by the Complete University Guide 2019.

We are internationally renowned for our research and teaching in sociology, ranking 57th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

Our undergraduate teaching programme is designed by high-calibre academics whose research is published and discussed around the world. This means that our sociology courses are fresh, relevant and will introduce you to the latest thinking, underpinned by cutting-edge research.

We offer you a wide variety of classic and contemporary topic areas, refreshing our portfolio in line with student feedback and the latest developments in the subject areas.

Your course will be interesting and well-taught, and we’ll make sure you get the feedback and resources you need to reach your potential. This is confirmed by the National Student Survey where 90% of our students said they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course; 90% said that staff are good at explaining things and 88% stated that they find the course to be intellectually stimulating.

At Warwick Sociology department you will learn from a range of dedicated academic staff. All are experts in their respective fields, and several have been consistently nominated for teaching, publications, leadership and public engagement awards. You’ll develop important transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, such as quantitative and qualitative research methods, critical analyses, advanced capabilities in oral and written communication, project management and team work.

You will be taught through a mixture of traditional and innovative methods, including undertaking your own research, which you will have the opportunity to publish in the student-led Warwick Sociology Journal or Warwick’s internationally refereed Reinvention: A Journal of Undergraduate Research.

The Student Experience

The Sociology department is a friendly space in which students and tutors alike interact in and outside of class. The tutors in Sociology are very approachable and are available during office hours which is extremely useful. Do not be scared to knock on your tutor’s door as you're passing, if you need advice on a module or assignment.

Another feature I like about the Sociology department is the wide range of modules on offer. This term I am taking a module on the 'refugee crisis', one on 'race' and one on 'animals and society'. This shows how broad the choices are and there really is something for everyone. The thing I have loved about Sociology at Warwick is that you can really open yourself up to new ways of thinking. Furthermore, the department is a very accepting place in which you feel able to be yourself.

- Laura Neil, BA Sociology (2018)