Department of Sociology


Sociology at Surrey enjoys a wide range of international connections across the world. Connections include research projects, placement training year opportunities, consultancies and student and staff exchanges.

The Department of Sociology has extensive links with universities and professional bodies across the globe. Some examples are noted below:

Study Exchange

Students within the Department can apply to spend their second year abroad. This scheme enables students to incorporate international study without adding extra years to their degree.  Partner institutions are carefully considered so that modules closely match what would be studied here.  Students on BSc Sociology, BSc Criminology and BSc Criminology and Sociology can apply to spend the whole of their second year at the University of Maryland (USA). During 2016, we welcomed exchange students from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Germany (amongst others).

Undergraduate students can also apply to spend part of, or the whole, of their professional training year (PTY) studying abroad. The aim here is for students to broaden their studies and engage with modules or areas not immediately available to them at Surrey. The Department has an ERASMUS agreements in place with Copenhagen, Denmark and Tübingen, Germany. Students can also apply to University Wide partners – including Swinburne, La Trobe, Nanyang and a range of Universities in the US.

Study abroad places are competitive, but you will have opportunities to attend talks and presentations to help you make a strong application.

International Research

As a well-respected Department, members of staff naturally find themselves working with colleagues across the globe.  Some of the Department’s earliest publications involved colleagues from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Sara Arber and colleagues on gender identity) and University of Maryland (Keith Macdonald and George Ritzer on the sociology of professionals).  Current research is being conducted in collaboration with a range of international partners and academics –including Kitty te Riele (Victoria University) who is working with Rachel Brooks and Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany who are partners on one of Nigel Gilbert’s current projects.

The Department frequently receives international visitors; whether formally via its ‘Visiting International Fellowship’ scheme or informally via international academics just dropping in for meetings.