Sociology BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L302
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : DDM
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Our approach to sociology engages you in a critical study of society. You will learn to make sense of what drives change in the social world and the possible directions this change may take.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

The effect of new ideas, technologies, government programmes and social conflict on everyday life is explored through your study of a broad range of subjects that take in local, national and global social relationships. The aim? To give you a comprehensive grasp of the sociological imagination and the real world issues it speaks to.

Programme in detail

The core modules in Year One provide you with a firm foundation for future study.

How can sociology help us address social change and divisions? Where best can our sociological imagination apply itself? In Year Two core you will increase your understanding of social theory and research methods and broaden your knowledge of society through a range of options.

By Year Three you will have the choice to study specialist subjects in-depth and develop your independent learning.

You may opt for a dissertation and pursue a topic of your choice. Alternatively, you can gain valuable employability skills and opt for our applied social research module or social policy project and combine work experience with your studies, by carrying out a piece of research commissioned by a local agency.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

The core modules in Year One provide you with a firm foundation for future study.

How can sociology help us address social change and divisions? Where best can our sociological imagination apply itself? In Year Two core you will increase your understanding of social theory and research methods and broaden your knowledge of society through a range of options.

By Year Three you will have the choice to study specialist subjects in-depth and develop your independent learning.

You may opt for a dissertation and pursue a topic of your choice. Alternatively, you can gain valuable employability skills and opt for our applied social research module or social policy project and combine work experience with your studies, by carrying out a piece of research commissioned by a local agency.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

How can sociology help us address social change and divisions? Where best can our sociological imagination apply itself?

Studying Sociology as 50% of your degree gives you a thorough understanding of the way in which society works. Core modules in Year One provide you with a firm foundation for future study. Sociological theory embraces the classic work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim and a range of 20th century social theorists. A further 30 credits are available within Sociology and you may choose from the following modules. Social change and social policy investigates contemporary controversies around issues such as the family, social class, gender and ‘race’. Studying society looks at the basics of social scientific work, including research methods, and an introduction to IT – ensuring you are fully conversant with utilising online resources. Both Introduction to crime and society, and Controlling crime explore key concepts in the criminology and criminal justice process.

Year Two compulsory modules include Thinking sociologically: approaches to social inquiry, and Social research methods.

In Year Three, you will have the choice to study specialist subjects in-depth and develop your independent learning. You may opt for a dissertation and pursue a topic of your choice.

Alternatively, you can gain valuable employability skills and opt for our applied social research module or social policy project and combine work experience with your studies, by carrying out a piece of research commissioned by a local agency.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

Studying Sociology as 25% of your degree gives you an understanding of the way in which society works.

Year One modules provide you with a firm foundation for future study. Sociological theory provides you with a firm foundation for future study in the field of sociology. This module embraces the classic work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim before moving on to a range of contemporary social thinkers. In Year Two you will study advanced theoretical sociology and learn more about the controversies within the subject. Year Three offers you the opportunity to develop your area of interest within sociology and you may choose from a range of modules to support this.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

257 Year One undergraduates in 2016

Graduate prospects

79% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)

National Student Survey

• 95% of our students feel staff here made the subject interesting and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey 2016)
• 91% of our students feel the course is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2016)

Research performance

30% of research activity deemed world-leading or internationally excellent, and a further 35% internationally recognised.

Why this subject?

Be part of a department inspiring the next generation of original social thinkers

As one of the world’s first social science departments and UK’s leading centres for sociology, social policy and criminology, we have been actively shaping society and inspiring the next generation of original social thinkers for over one hundred years.

Throughout our history we have continued to influence society with novel research insights in fields such as crime, health, welfare, housing, inequality and the operation of political power – at local, national and global levels. As a Centre of Excellence for sociological and criminological thinking we continue this proud tradition by ensuring that our programmes are relevant to a changing world and match the knowledge and skills required for the increasingly competitive job market.

Develop your expertise

The department is committed to using social science as a critical, evidence-based discipline that inspires constructive suggestions for social reform. We’ll guide you in developing your own expertise in particular areas. During your second and third year we’ll help you to choose modules to build your degree around the topics that interest and concern you the most. You may choose to keep your options open and take a variety of modules or you may for instance, choose to focus upon policing, urban regeneration, gender equality, or the role of corporations in democracies. This opportunity to specialise in certain areas will enable you to gain deeper capabilities and skills in particular areas of social science and prepare you for your professional career.

Strengthen your employability skills through our excellent employer links

To complement your academic studies our programmes offer you the opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ experience in a relevant social field. This experience will not only develop your understanding of how social science is relevant to the process of work and real world issues but it will help you gain key employability skills to help you prepare for life after graduation. You’ll learn how to think independently, how to collect and analyse data, how to present and communicate information and develop advanced IT skills – all skills we know are highly valued by potential employers. You will also be encouraged to attend our regular Employability Workshops, to meet and network with employers and former students to discover and research possible careers. There is nobody better to ask about the reality of different jobs than the people performing them on a daily basis. It is also reassuring that our past students have been consistently successful in securing rewarding careers in a variety of settings, often in national and local government and, increasingly, in private and voluntary sector employment.

Learn from leading experts in a friendly and supportive environment

Internationally renowned for our research, we have a dynamic community of academic staff and students who work together in a shared spirit of discovery. You will be taught by lecturers who are actively engaged in research concerned with the role of social science in society. Through our research-led teaching we help our students develop as independent learners and researchers, gaining valuable skills for use in their subsequent careers. You will be assigned an Academic Adviser to support you with your personal academic development, who will guide and support you throughout your studies. A dedicated Student Support Officer will also provide you with one-to-one advice should you need it.