The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

About Sociology

About Sociology

Newcastle Sociology’s reputation makes us a popular choice. We have a diverse community of students and staff from around the world, working in a friendly and stimulating learning and research environment.

Our degrees combine sociology and social anthropology. We make sure that our degrees are broad in scope and flexible through a wide range of optional modules.

We offer a single honours Sociology degree (L300), and joint honours Politics and Sociology (LL32). We also offer two Masters programmes, one leading to a PhD.

Students on our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes benefit from research-led teaching. Whatever level you are studying, you will have a chance to meet all our staff. This includes internationally renowned senior professors and up-and-coming younger lecturers.

With staff from many national backgrounds our teaching and research reflect today’s global sociology. Our strengths in the core areas of sociology are evident in current topics like:

  • identity
  • health and illness
  • environmental issues
  • sexuality
  • race
  • contemporary social change


We are an established Sociology Unit within the Russell Group, with sustained performance in external research evaluations.

In REF 2014 we were 10th in Russell Group Universities, and 13th in the UK, submitting to the Sociology Panel. 72% of our research activity ranked 4*/3*, that is world-leading or internationally excellent. We are already building on this platform to develop new research agendas

Several staff and PhD students belong to the highly successful Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences Research Centre (PEALS). Other Sociology staff link with the Institute of Health and Society and the Newcastle Institute for Sustainability.

The current Head of Sociology is Professor Janice McLaughlin.