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Department of Sociology

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University Guides' Rankings for Sociology at the University of Cambridge:

The University of Cambridge has an exceptionally strong and vibrant tradition of teaching and research in sociology. For many years, sociology in Cambridge has been practised and taught in connection with other disciplines, which is reflected in the unique composition of the undergraduate degree in HSPS (Human, Social and Political Sciences).

The Department of Sociology has particularly close connections with politics, psychology, anthropology, economics, history, and most recently, criminology. While Cambridge sociology has always existed within an interdisciplinary context, it has also maintained a distinctive profile as a centre of excellence for outstanding work in social theory and empirical sociological research. You can find out more about the history of our department on the anniversary conference website.

We offer a unique environment in which to study sociology, either on its own or in combination with other disciplines, and to pursue sociological research at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Undergraduate Study

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Sociology in Cambridge is taught within the context of the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos (HSPS), a unique degree that spans multiple disciplines including Sociology, Politics and Social Anthropology.

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Postgraduate Study

Prospective Graduate Students

We foster a lively graduate community in the Department, with a dedicated postgraduate study area, online forums, graduate methods training, and bespoke support available from academic and administrative staff.

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