The study of human societies, sociology explores the social structures and rules that are in place, social changes that have occurred over time, and the differences between societal groups, among other areas. You will cover topics that develop your understanding of societal structure and the people within, drawing from disciplines such as history, psychology, law and philosophy. You’ll learn to examine situations from a holistic point of view, considering all perspectives before making any decisions or judgments.
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The accreditation of your sociology degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). At postgraduate level, you are likely to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc), a Master of Arts (MA), or Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc). Further study will award degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate sociology degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £7,000
An undergraduate degree will provide you with a good foundation of knowledge in the main areas of sociology. You might study modules on social divisions, criminology, social policy, welfare policies, media and society, capitalism, urban sociology, and conspiracies and marginal beliefs. The majority of undergraduate degrees will be designed to suit students who do not have a wealth of experience in the sociology field, as well as challenging those who have developed their knowledge and skills in the area. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating field trips and practical sessions. You may be presented with the opportunity to take part in a work placement module. Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, presentations, and a final major research project.
During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc, you will be able to build on the knowledge and skills gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will be on more complex and specialist areas of sociology. You will cover the traditional areas, as well as exploring the more contemporary concepts of the subject. Modules and specialisms might include gender, sexuality, disability, racism, inequality, crime and violence, digital society, terror and security, migration and super diversity. Assessment methods could include written work, presentations, and a major research project.
The entry requirements for a degree in sociology will depend on where you choose to study. It will also depend on the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree will require you to have a background in an ‘essay-based subject’. This usually refers to a subject that is mainly quantitative, such as sociology, English, geography, psychology and history. If you do not have a strong background in sociology or other quantitative areas, but can prove that you are passionate and enthusiastic about the subject, some universities might still consider your application. You can display this passion through your personal statement or an interview. For a postgraduate degree, most institutions will require that you have an undergraduate degree in sociology, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAB-BBB
- UCAS Points - 136-120 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - English, Geography, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, History, Health and Social Care
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Sociology, Psychology, English, Law, History
Graduates of a sociology degree will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. You will have developed both your qualitative and quantitative skills whilst studying, meaning that you will be prepared for a broad range of industries and job roles. You might choose to work in a field that is directly linked to sociology, in roles that further observe society and its members. Roles may include a social worker, teacher, probation officer, counsellor, or community officer. Due to the flexibility of your degree, you might also choose to work in a role that is not directly related to sociology. Roles could include public relations, human resource management, accountancy, or business management.
Throughout your degree, you will have gained a wide range of transferable skills. These skills will make you highly employable across a variety of industries. They could include problem solving, project management, effective written and oral communication, idea development, data collection and analysis, and the management of budgets and plans.