About us


Welcome to the Department of Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University. We are a lively and friendly Department with an outstanding reputation in both research and teaching.

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The Department in Sociology at LJMU offers students a unique opportunity to undertake contemporary,  critical and sector leading programmes of study.

Sociology at LJMU has been ranked 39th (out of 97) in the Complete University Guide 2019, which is a 50-place upwards leap from previous year. This means that Sociology at LJMU is on 6th place out of all post-1992 universities in the UK. The ranking is based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.

Sociology at LJMU has thereby been the most upwardly mobile Sociology department in the UK. 

Our results in National Student Survey have been consistently excellent: Student satisfaction on the BA (Hons) Sociology has been 97% (2016), 100% (2017), 86% (2018) and 91% (2019), while students on the BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology judged their satisfaction as 91% (2016), 82% (2017), 86% (2018) and 82% (2019).

Our degree programmes combine a friendly, supportive atmosphere with challenging and stimulating study which build on staff expertise, research strengths and areas of specialism.

Our alumni are engaged in a range of professions across the world.

The Department of Sociology is recognised internationally for its conceptually driven empirical research and its applied approach to sociology. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, 64% of outputs were judged to be of world leading and international quality. 100% of impact cases were judged to be of world leading and international quality.

Particular areas of research strength are sociological theory, cultural sociology and international development. 

The Department has a thriving community of postgraduate researchers.


Distinctive features of sociology at LJMU

Core training and unique pathways for study

LJMU offers a range of degree programmes aimed at encouraging our students to be curious, and have open minds when it comes to learning about alternate viewpoints. Our programmes provide opportunities for core training in sociological methods and theory, as well as offering unique pathways that reflect the diversity of this discipline. Pathways include the sociology of culture (identity, religion, music and photography), social inequalities (class, gender and sexuality, disability, health), social policy (sociology in action and green issues), global issues (social scales, development, societal differences and pathways), and the sociology of crime and deviance.

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Civic engagement and citizenship

Our applied approach is also reflected in our partnerships with a range of private, public, and third-sector organisations. Civic engagement and citizenship help to inform our curriculum, providing challenging and exciting opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. We regard the city, not just our university building, as our classroom. The department also runs regular field trips, with students taking part in walking lectures where they are able to talk to the real people involved with the issues they are learning about.

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Sociology at LJMU provides an internationalised curriculum. The International Field Work module at level six gives students the opportunity to experience field research in an overseas context. This is funded by the department and allows students to become actively involved in project work that exposes them to unfamiliar social and cultural environments. The international fieldwork element recognises the importance of broadening students’ learning experiences in a globalised world. The presentation link below provides an insight into the value and impact of international fieldwork experiences, as told by staff and students in Sociology: “International Field Work @LJMUSociology T&L2017".

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Inclusive learning

The Department of Sociology at LJMU prides itself on a committed and supportive approach to learning and teaching, which uses a combination of established and innovative methods. From lectures, seminars, tutorials, and workshops - to research projects, fieldwork blogs, online discussions, poster presentations, and reviews - all of these approaches are designed to equip students with the tools they need to become citizens of the world. Both knowledge and transferable skills are at the heart of our teaching and learning, which includes a range of investigative and research skills, forms of written and oral communication, organisational skills, and working both as individuals and as part of a team to achieve collective goals. The study of these subjects also develops some of the essential skills needed for the 21st-century workplace in a globalised world - including confidence, employability, and citizenship.

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Excellence in research

Our department is also recognised internationally for the conceptually driven empirical research we carry out. Our strong areas of research expertise include sociological theory, cultural sociology, and international development. The department also has a thriving community of postgraduate researchers.

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Social life & experiences

The Department of Sociology often facilitates social events for students. Past activities have included film showings, visiting speaker events, theatre outings, and seasonal balls. Students are also encouraged to join the Sociological Society, as this provides an opportunity to socialise with peers and interact with the wider sociological academic community.

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