Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L390
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Criminology Sociology

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Department of Sociological Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6402

Department of Sociological Studies

3rd in the UK for Sociology
The Guardian University Guide 2018

79% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This course gives you the chance to study a range of specialist subjects in sociology and criminology. You'll learn about social divisions in society, aspects and elements of social research, and sociological perspectives on crime.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC+EPQ grade B.
International Baccalaureate 32
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • BTECs in Public Services and Uniformed Services not accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Sociological Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Classical Sociological Theory
Doing Social Research
Exploring Classical Social Thought Seminars
Introducing Criminology
Introduction to Social Research
Social Divisions Seminar
The Sociological Imagination Seminar
The Sociology of Everyday Life
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

Optional modules:

Gender, Sexuality and Society
Globalisation and World Cultures

Second year

Core modules:

Crime, Justice and Social Policy
Doing Qualitative Sociological Research
Doing Quantitative Sociological Research
Sociological Theory and Analysis
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Optional modules:

Criminology and War
Digital Media and Social Change
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
Punishment and Penal Policy
Race, Ethnicity and Criminal Justice
Race, Immigration & Multiculturalism
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of the Media

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation in Criminology
The Value of Sociology

Optional modules:

Children and Youth within Developing Societies
Children, Families and Welfare States
Critical Criminology
Digital Health
Digital Identities
Drugs, Crime and Control
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
How the World Gets Made
How to lie with statistics
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Migration and Families
Police and Policing in a Global Context
Prisons and Imprisonment
Protest, Movements and Social Change
Race, Immigration & Multiculturalism
Restorative Justice
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Sociology of the Family
The Rehabilitation of Offenders
The Sociology of Organised Crime
The Sociology of Surveillance
What it means to be human
Whiteness, Power and Privilege
Youth Crime and Justice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 33%
Coursework 66%
Practical 1%

Department of Sociological Studies

You'll learn about key concepts like community, identity and welfare. Our degrees explore important sociological issues including crime, migration, religion and poverty.

Our world-leading interdisciplinary research shapes our teaching, so you're always challenged and up to date. Our staff are experts in their field and work with organisations in the UK and worldwide, bringing fresh perspectives to your studies. They'll give you the advice and support you need to excel in your subject. There are around 130 places available on our courses.

Department staff also play key roles in the Faculty of Social Science's Digital Society Network (DSN), an active group of researchers working on all aspects of digital-society relations. The DSN hosts events and activities to stimulate and support research in this area.

Department of Sociological Studies website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are skilled researchers and creative problem solvers. They work in a range of sectors including broadcasting, the police service, teaching and social work. They are also employed in local government, the civil service, charity and campaign organisations, and market research. Their highly developed social and cultural awareness is a valuable asset in any sector.

Some have carried out graduate training with national and international companies, and are employed around the world. Many go on to masters courses in sociology and social policy and other areas such as human resources.

Student profile

"I think it's a really good department, the staff are very hands on and they all have their special subject knowledge."

Sarah Langford

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