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Applied Social Sciences BA/ BSc (part-time)

Course overview

Our interdisciplinary degree is now available to study on a part-time basis, which allows you to study the course over six years.*

This innovative degree looks to challenge the traditional social science boundaries by offering an interdisciplinary approach, allowing a flexible pathway and chance to follow your  passions.

You will also be trained in the key research skills, both quantitative and qualitative to enable you to dig deeper into your choosen subject route.

You will be able to broaden your interests by studying up to four subjects in your first two years, two in your third and fourth years and then one in your final fifth and sixth years. You will be able to choose from the following subjects:


  • Criminology
  • Education, Culture and Childhood
  • Human Geography
  • Journalism
  • Physical Geography

  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
  • Urban Studies

Course structure & module information

The degree is structured into three levels, and each level of study is comprised of 120 credits. You will study 60 credits per academic year. Below is an example of the part time course structure.

Level 1 Year 1 Introduction to Social Research  Foundations of Social Science Subject choice 1 Subject choice 2 Subject choice 3 Subject choice 4
Year 2 Social Research Practice Researching with Communities
Level 2 Year 3 Doing Quantitative Research  Doing Qualitative Research Major subject 1 Major subject 2 Minor subject (to be taken in Yr 3 or Yr 4
Year 4 Planning & Presenting Research Ideas 
Level 3 Year 5
Doing Mixed Methods Research  Major subject
Year 6 Dissertation or research project (subject specific) Collaboration & dissemination in the Social Sciences

More details and decriptions of modules can be found in the full time course guide.

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

Entry requirements and course fees

As part of a prestigious Russell Group institution our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places.

ABB for students with 'A' Levels in any subject or the equivalent and GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or better (grade C) or equivalent.

We also recognise that students often possess knowledge, skills, experiences and attributes that can be considered in place of `A´ levels or equivalent qualifications.

For this reason, students applying for part-time study will normally be invited for interview. At the interview we will look for things such as enthusiasm, experience, subject knowledge, relevant skills, interests and activities, and an awareness of the time commitments involved in studying part-time for a University qualification. We would expect candidates to possess basic computer literacy together with English and Maths as demonstrated by the GCSE requirements.

Up-to-date information on the course fees for Home and Overseas students

How to apply

You can apply to this course using this application form.

If you would like anymore information about this part-time course please email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

* please contact us on smi@sheffield.ac.uk before applying to find out if the part-time commitment will work for you.