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Sociology: About



The Sociology department at Edinburgh (founded in 1964 by Tom Burns) is one of the UK’s leading Sociology Departments, highly regarded for its record of influential original research and teaching. Edinburgh Sociology has been rated as first in the UK for the quality and breadth of its research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014). We have a longstanding commitment to original empirical and theoretical work on society, and on the production of cultural and scientific knowledge. Our approach is shaped by a sociological understanding of the importance of the link between biography and history, private troubles and public issues, the micro social worlds of individuals and wider social structures.

Our focus is on research-led but student-focused teaching. The Subject Group offers a broad range of courses and undergraduate and postgraduate training as well as several undergraduate joint degrees. We have a thriving and cosmopolitan community of students studying for the degrees of PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research as well as on taught Undergraduate and Masters programmes.