Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. Our department enjoys a reputation as one of the leading centres for the study of sociology in the United Kingdom (UK), being recognised both nationally and internationally for the outstanding quality of our teaching and research. 


Politics and International Relations

Politics & International Relations focuses on the role of power, states, and governments in historical and contemporary human affairs.  Aberdeen is noted for its comparative and multidisciplinary approach to such questions, involving both advanced democracies and less-developed countries.  Specific areas of excellence include political organisation/participation, comparative politics, conflict/security, energy/environment, and international relations theory.



Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultural difference, at all times and in all places. At Aberdeen we have a vibrant Department that covers all major fields of social anthropology. With a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and a thriving research culture, we have much to offer students and research partners.