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Department of Sociology

Study Sociology or Criminology and Sociology 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

The Department of Sociology at LJMU offers students a unique opportunity to undertake contemporary and critical programmes of study. Our taught degrees combine a friendly, supportive atmosphere with challenging and stimulating study, which build on our expertise, research strengths and areas of specialism.

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Our undergraduate programmes are interdisciplinary degrees that give our students the opportunity to look at social issues and crime from various different angles: 

  • Sociology is concerned with how and why societies, institutions and practices of all kinds are organized as they are, change over time, and the likely impact of this on life and the environment in the future. 
  • Criminology examines society’s responses to crime and justice in the context of everyday life.

Both degree programmes are also available with the preceding Foundation Year.


Undergraduate Study

BA (Hons) Sociology and BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology


BA (Hons) Sociology 

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

3 years full-time
3 years full-time
The BA (Hons) Sociology at LJMU is a varied degree, which offers a unique opportunity to undertake a contemporary, critical and sector-leading programme of study. The degree will develop your research skills and help you explore alternate ideas and respect points of view that may be contrary to your own, including providing core training in sociological methods and theory. The BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology at LJMU combines two contemporary and popular disciplines, providing you with grounding in core elements of both subjects, together with a wide range of optional modules that will enable you to follow your own pathway.
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BA (Hons) Sociology with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year

4 years full-time
4 years full-time

The Foundation Year is aimed at students who are not eligible for direct entry into the undergraduate degree in sociology and do not meet the entry requirements or have qualifications for subjects that differ to the subjects needed. 

The Foundation Year is aimed at students who are not eligible for direct entry into the undergraduate degree in criminology and sociology and do not meet the entry requirements or have qualifications for subjects that differ to the subjects needed.
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Postgraduate Study

Study for a Research Masters or Doctorate  


MRes in Sociology 

(pathways)

MPhil/PhD

 1 year full-time [from September 2020]
 3 years full-time
The Master in Research is fresh, exciting and research infirmed programme, that combines key historical ideas in sociology and takes these forward in critical application to contemporary debates. Students study two core modules about sociological ideas and social research methods, and two optional modules on a range of sociological topics, and an independent piece of research for a dissertation.    
Our PhD degree usually lasts three years full-time based on independent research, combined with research training in year 1. Supervised by at least two supervisors from sociology, you will write and submit a thesis based on original research. The PhD degree can be taken part-time over six years. Part-time students have access to the same facilities as full-time students.
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