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Sociology and Social Policy

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Why does inequality exist? Where does racism come from? Why do the majority struggle while the minority thrive?

Why are certain members of society more likely to go to prison than others? Why are women less paid than men?

If you're interested in these kinds of questions, and if you are passionate about making a real difference in the world, Sociology is for you.

Social Sciences
  • 100% student satisfaction

    Our students love studying Sociology at UEL, we scored 100% on ‘overall satisfaction’ with our Sociology courses in the 2017 National Student Survey – you can't get much better than that. 


    Our research is outstanding. We were the top-ranked modern university in London and the second modern university in England for sociology research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the national review of higher education research that is conducted every six years.


    Sociology rose 18 places in the 2018 Guardian League Table and now sits comfortably ahead of other universities in London. We truly are the best place for Sociology in London. 

The best place to study Sociology

This is a truly exciting time to study Sociology at UEL. Our goal is to be one of the top institutions in London, and we believe that with our rankings and student satisfaction statistics - we have achieved that goal. We believe we have done this by making Sociology relevant for the world we live in, and relevant for you by focusing on making a real different in society. You will be able to graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge and relevant experience to start a career that you will love.

We capitalise on our location in east London, one of the most diverse and fastest growing regions in Europe which is also facing an unprecedented increase in inequality. By using east London as a living laboratory for learning how to conduct and analyse social research, you will 'learn by doing' and be able to get an incredible grasp of the issues facing society that you will not be able to get anywhere else.

UEL Docklands Campus

Careers and Employability

We have worked incredibly hard in moulding our Sociology courses into ones that are relevant, engaging and make you ready for the real world, and ultimately allow you to step up to a career that you want and that you will find satisfying.

 Our students are encouraged to develop hands-on experience and job-ready specialist skills to work as professionals in a wide variety of fields. In addition to essays you will learn how to give oral presentations, write reports and policy evaluations. In your final year, you can take a placement module, where you will be matched with an employer that best suits your passion and skillset.

 Many of our students make a real different in their placements, and have often been offered jobs immediately upon graduation. Some of them even start their own companies and organisations. One of our ofrmer students was offered a place on the London Living Wage Campaign, where she now plays a leading role. Another student is working with Thames Water to help communities in east London to save money on heating and water bills. You can make a real different in society when you study with us. 

Learning By Doing


Without the support of my lecturers at UEL I would not be where I am now. My confidence and self-esteem were boosted by my lecturers. They gave me the courage to say, ‘I am able, I am clever enough to do it'.

Marina Yacoub , BA (Hons) Sociology, graduate
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What we’re researching

We’re involved in wide range of research through numerous research centres and groups – united by a desire to improve social justice and individual wellbeing. 

As we’re located in the Olympic borough of Newham, it’s only natural that we’re taking lead on local issues. Dr Penny Bernstock has recently written a book on the housing legacy of the London 2012 Games. She’s also published extensively on housing and urban regeneration in east London.

Racism is a key research interest at UEL. Dr Helen Kim is researching racism in London nightclubs, while Syd Jeffers has worked on racism and policy for important government bodies such as the Home Office. Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya takes an international perspective, researching racism in relation to the ‘war on terror’.

Dr Tracey Jensen is exploring the current fascination with poverty in reality TV shows, while Dr Eric Taylor Woods is researching nationalism and religion. 

Much of our research has attracted international interest, including the work of Professor Maria Tamboukou on feminism and gender and that of Professor Molly Andrews, whose narrative research has included such dramatic events as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of South Africa’s apartheid.

Sociology student