The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

About Sociology

About Sociology

We have a diverse community working in a friendly and stimulating learning and research environment.

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Our degree provision reflects our staff teaching and research interests in sociology and anthropology and our connections to others in our School. This enables our degrees to be broad in scope, innovative in content 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 early career 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
  • political sociology
  • gender and sexuality
  • digital and visual methods
  • embodiment
  • 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 Social Renewal.

The current Head of Sociology is Professor Janice McLaughlin.