Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L431
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Sociology Information Management Politics Architecture Education Journalism Geography Social Sciences Law Planning

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Undergraduate admissions team
Sheffield Methods Institute
Telephone +44 114 222 8345
Email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/smi/undergraduate

Course description

This innovative degree breaks down the boundaries between different social science disciplines. In the first year you'll study up to three subjects, examining societal issues from various points of view. In the second year you choose up to two subject areas and in your third, just one which will be your chosen specialisation.

You can choose from these subjects:

* Criminology
* Education, Culture and Childhood
* Human Geography
* Journalism
* Politics
* Sociology
* Social policy
* Urban Studies

There are plenty of chances to get valuable work experience, including on our placement scheme. You might work on a project for an industry partner, go on placement with a company or do consultation or research work for a government office or research centre.

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 ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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

How you're taught is dependent on the electives you take. For example, some departments will offer electives that have more lecture time than other departments and 50% of your time is made up of elective modules. Below is an example of how your core modules would be taught within the Sheffield Methods Institute.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 15%
Independent study 83%
Placement 2%

Assessment
Exams/tests 25%
Coursework 68%
Practical 7%

Sheffield Methods Institute

The international jobs market is going to need a different kind of social science graduate. We're leading the way with our innovative degrees. Today, social science graduates are expected to have more than one area of expertise.

Our degrees are taught by experts from across the social sciences faculty so you're not limited to just one subject. We also have a strong focus on research skills that will set you apart from other graduates. We're committed to providing individual support to help you succeed while you're a student with us and when you graduate.

Our courses draw on research and teaching expertise from across Sheffield's Faculty of Social Sciences. Our world-class research addresses the major challenges facing society and it drives and enhances our teaching.

Sheffield Methods Institute website

What our graduates do

Our courses have been designed to meet the growing demand for social science researchers with data analysis skills. You might choose to apply your skills in the public or private sector, for a charity or an NGO.

Work experience and practical skills are a big part of our degrees. There are opportunities to go on work placements, for short periods or for a whole year, and you'll learn methods used by the world's leading social sciences researchers.

Our graduates have gone into analyst roles in local government and the private sector, or further research. Others have launched their own businesses.

Placement scheme at the Sheffield Methods Institute

Student profile


Discover our unique approach to undergraduate learning and teaching at the Sheffield Methods Institute.

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Telephone +44 114 222 8345
Email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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