Sociology examines how individual choices are affected by wider social forces and how they can be understood by placing them in their social context. At Edinburgh, we study the relationship between individuals and groups, issues of belonging and identity, the social causes of cooperation and conflict, and the way societies and social institutions are formed and change over time. Our programme also equips you to compare different national contexts and understand contemporary social issues from a global perspective. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 sociology at Edinburgh was placed in the top 20 in the world. We have been in the top 20 consistently over the past six years. Most of our research has been assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent and our commitment to research-led teaching equips our students with up-to-date knowledge and the necessary skills to contribute to critical public debate about social problems and issues.