Sheffield sociology courses ranked in UK's top 3 in Image of a student in the Elmfield Common RoomGuardian University Guide 2018

We are delighted that the Department of Sociological Studies’ undergraduate courses have been rated in the UK’s top three in the Guardian University Guide 2018, moving up from 14th place to 3rd.

The Sheffield courses listed in our ranking include our single honours programmes BA Sociology, BA Sociology with Criminology and BA Sociology with Social Policy, along with our dual programmes BA English Language and Sociology, BA History and Sociology, BA Politics and Sociology and BA Sociology and Business Management.

Undergraduate courses offered by the Sheffield Methods Institute at the University of Sheffield – BA/BSc Applied Social Sciences and BA Quantitative Social Sciences – also make up Sheffield’s ranking for sociology.

The Guardian University Guide, which is produced by the independent company Intelligent Metrix, ranks universities according to: spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS).

Professor Kate Morris, Head of the Department of Sociological Studies, said: “This ranking is a reflection of all the hard work by our excellent staff, the great work by our students and our student ambassadors. We take very seriously our commitment to offering an outstanding student experience, and we are pleased to see this reflected in student assessments of our programmes. We believe in research-led teaching; which means that the world-class research done within the Department is incorporated directly into our courses. We know from our past students that we are supporting exceptional future sociologists researching and working with a wide range of national and international employers.

"We have developed new pathways for our students, opening up possibilities to explore particular sociological themes, and also have our new BA Digital Media and Society programme, a Faculty of Social Sciences-wide programme that will be unique in offering students the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the relationship between digital media and society."

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