Sociology is the study of society and how individuals interact within it. Institutions which consistently appear top in the rankings for this subject in the UK are: Bristol, Edinburgh, Warwick, Nottingham, etc.

Cambridge is the highest ranked institution for Sociology in the Guardian 2010 league table, with Warwick in second position and Edinburgh in third position.

The Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths has achieved an outstanding result in the latest Research Assessment Exercise 2008. 60% of the department's research activity was rated 'world class' or 'internationally excellent'.

Sociology at The University of Manchester gained the highest rating of 6* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Top UK Universities and Colleges for Sociology:
League Table 2010 (top 10 list):
1 Cambridge
2 Warwick
3 Edinburgh
4 Birmingham
5 Sussex
6 Bristol
7 Bath
8 Glasgow
9 Durham
10 Loughborough

League Table 2004:
1 Cambridge
2 London Sch of Economics
3 Warwick
4 Edinburgh
5 Birmingham
6 Bristol
7 York
8 Glasgow
9 Nottingham
10 Durham
11 Stirling
12 Goldsmiths Col
13 Middlesex
14 Royal Holloway
15 Manchester
16 Oxford Brookes
17 Keele
18 Sussex
19 Reading
20 Lancaster
21 Aston
22 Loughborough
23 Nottingham Trent
24 Brunel
25 Kent at Canterbury
26 Exeter
27 Essex
28 Cardiff
29 Sheffield
30 Surrey
31 Bath Spa Uni Col
32 Paisley
33 Wales, Bangor
34 Westminster
35 City
36 Aberdeen
37 West of England
38 Liverpool John Moores
39 East London
40 Sheffield Hallam
41 Abertay Dundee Uni
42 Wales, Swansea
43 Plymouth
44 Greenwich
45 Southampton
46 Brighton
47 Manchester Metropolitan
48 Bath
49 Central England
50 Northumbria Uni at Newcastle
51 Wolverhampton
52 Portsmouth
53 Roehampton
54 St Mary's Col
55 Sunderland
56 Kingston
57 Leeds
58 Gloucestershire
59 King Alfred's Col
60 De Montfort
61 Leeds Metropolitan
62 Derby
63 Salford
64 St Martin's Col
65 Liverpool
66 Newcastle
67 Glamorgan
68 Teesside
69 Hull
70 Southampton Institute
71 Coventry
72 South Bank
73 Strathclyde
74 Chester Col of HE
75 Liverpool Hope Col
76 APU
77 Glasgow Caledonian
78 Napier
79 Uni Col Worcester
80 Buckinghamshire Chilterns Uni Col
81 Queen's Belfast
82 Trinity & All Saints College
83 East Anglia
84 Ulster
85 Canterbury Christ Church Uni Col
86 Staffordshire
87 York St John Col
88 Col of St Mark & St John
89 Luton
90 Central Lancashire
91 Uni Col Northampton
92 Lincoln

Source: Guardian University Guide

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World University Ranking Tables

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