Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons)


Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of our behaviour and how this interacts with culture and society?

This BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree course combines sociology’s study of human behaviour in society with psychology’s examination of the human mind.

The course provides a foundation to many varied careers, from community development and careers advice to teaching and charity work. You’ll also be primed for further training study or training.

100% of students were satisfied with this course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

What you'll experience

On this Sociology with Psychology course you'll:

  • Explore sociology's long-standing attention to our individual lives and how this intersects with the lives of others and of society
  • Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
  • Assess competing perspectives and make reasoned arguments in relation to important social issues
  • Do research that connects your studies to real-life issues
  • Boost your career prospects by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies
  • Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

Previous students have completed projects at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the New Theatre Royal and local government departments. Our students also regularly work on small research projects for the local community.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Developing Your Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology for the Social Sciences
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Theorising Social Life

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Critical Psychology
  • Doing Sociological Research
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Psychological Science

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Challenging Global Inequality
  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Food, Culture, and Society
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness 
  • Learning From Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Nationalism And Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • Physical Culture, Sport and Health 
  • Race and Racism 
  • Risk and Society
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity 
  • Study Abroad
  • Violence, War and Society

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Psychology in the Community

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Challenging Global Inequality 
  • Consumer Society
  • Emotions and Social Life 
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation 
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • Physical Culture, Sport and Health 
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Race and Racism 
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent 
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity 
  • Violence, War and Society


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

There's an emphasis on participation with lots of group debates and discussions. You'll also take control of your own learning by doing research, surveys and interviews.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • examinations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by written exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 33% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will work with you help get started in your career.

You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • social work
  • counselling
  • banking and financial services
  • health and social care
  • local or national government
  • human resources and recruitment
  • sales
  • marketing and management

Our Careers and Employability team will support you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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