Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons)

Overview

How does psychology relate to sociological thinking and research? How can we practise psychology in ways that better contribute to social justice and community wellbeing? How are social inequalities reflected and reproduced in our social interactions and practices?

On this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree, you'll get the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop a deep understanding of our behaviour and how this interacts with culture and society.

You'll cover traditional psychology and social psychology topics and research. And you'll engage with psychological approaches and topics relevant to sociology and the social sciences, exploring some of the most pressing social issues of our time. 

You'll be taught by sociologists and social psychologists who are currently doing research that tackles social inequalities and explores the social structures that shape our lives. They bring their specialisms to your learning, meaning you can choose optional modules on specialist topics including nationalism, gender and sexuality, food, emotions and the body alongside studying core modules. 

The course provides a solid foundation for moving into a variety of people-focused careers, from community development and careers advice, to teaching and charity work. The course isn't accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) but you'll still be primed for further study or training related to the psychological and social sciences.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Explore sociology's long-standing attention to our individual lives and how this intersects with important social issues and the lives of others
  • Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research in sociology and social and critical psychology, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
  • Study core modules on sociological theory, social psychology, psychological science, critical psychology, community psychology and research methods
  • Tailor your studies in years 2 and 3 to match your interests and ambitions
  • Learn to understand how the way people think affects their behaviour
  • Assess competing perspectives and make reasoned arguments in relation to important social issues
  • Do research that connects your studies to issues happening now in society
  • Develop transferable skills that will impress employers, as you learn to think critically, lead research projects, communicate effectively and analyse data

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Spend a sandwich year studying abroad or doing a work placement after year 2
  • Boost your career prospects further by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies

Teaching

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.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

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 careers such as:

  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Research
  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Health and social care
  • Advertising
  • Local government
  • Community development
  • Careers advice
  • Charity work
  • Human resources and recruitment
  • Business administration and personnel management

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

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 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.

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

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 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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