BA/BSc Applied Social Sciences (L431 / L305)

Course overview

This exciting and innovative three-year degree offers you the opportunity to break through traditional social science boundaries and  has been designed to allow you to follow your own interests, whilst providing you with the knowledge and experience to investigate and understand the important issues faced by society today.

You will learn how to use quantitative and qualitative methods and become confident in dealing with all types of research data. The core research methods training will then be applied to subjects that you choose: three in your first year, two in the second year and finally selecting one subject area to specialise in your final year research project. The subjects you can choose to combine are:

  • Journalism
  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Politics
  • Criminology
  • Urban Studies
  • Education, Culture & Childhood

You will also have the opportunity to undertake project-based work with local community institutions and businesses, and you can choose to take a summer or year-long placement, making your degree a  Degree with Employment Experience (DEE). You can also study away from Sheffield with our Study Abroad and Erasmus programmes.

Course structure & module information

This innovative course allows you to explore the traditional social sciences whilst acquiring a new set of research skills that allow you to stand out in the competitive job market.

The course has been developed to offer you a flexible but structured pathway – with three strands running across each year:

• Interdisciplinary study strand – where you will choose your subject modules
• Methods strand – where you will learn cutting-edge research methods
• Employability strand – where you will make yourself more attractive to employers

You will study the core research modules within the Sheffield Methods Institute which is housed in the ICOSS building in the centre of campus. You will have use of unique purpose built student areas which include a high spec data lab.

The subject teaching that you choose will be taught in the department which will give you the experience of studying within different departments and use of their facilities.

You will first choose your subject choices and then modules from that subject. You won't need to make your final decisions until your Intro week but subject and module guides will give you more detailed information to help you plan your degree your way.

We have created some example pathway infographics that can help you see what your degree could be like:

SCS pathway

Entry requirements and


As part of a prestigious Russell Group institution our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places.
We require ABB at A-level, or the equivalent, in any subject.
English language requirement will be standard IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

If you are a mature student who has been out of education for some time or you don't have the required entry qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for Applied Social Sciences with a Foundation Year. On this course, you will study with the Department for Lifelong Learning for a year (or 2 years part-time) before transferring onto the Applied Social Sciences degree. For more information visit the Department for Lifelong Learning webpages

Course outcomes

This course has been specifically designed to prepare you for employment in a research lead career or allow you to continue your research interests to a higher level.

By combining your subject choices with core research methods training you will have the skills needed for social research and employment, you will qualify with a degree that is fit for the demands of the contemporary job market.

By the end of your degree, you will be a competent and reflective social scientist, confident in applying your interdisciplinary knowledge to current social issues. You will have developed a range of skills that are highly attractive and sought after by graduate employers.


There is an option to study Applied Social Sciences part-time over six years and an option to take a Foundation Year programme with the Department for Life Long Learning

Part-time Applied Social Sciences 

Foundation Year in Applied Social Sciences 

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