History and Sociology BA
If history is the study of past societies, sociology considers the theory of modern society. Sociology challenges us to address the biggest issues facing the world, to see them from a new perspective and to revise the way society works. In sociology you will learn about patterns of social change, giving you insights into the past societies that you study in your history modules. You will complement this with a broader study of history. The flexible structure of our degree programme means that you will choose from an extensive range of option modules that allow you to really focus on the aspects of history that interest you most.
Along the way you'll gain skills that help you to identify and analyse relevant bodies of research. You'll learn to exercise independent judgement and be critical of accepted opinion, and you will develop effective written and verbal communication skills that will enable you to present your findings to a variety of audiences.
In sociology, you will experience challenging content which explores the key issues and debates within sociology. We believe in research-led teaching; which means that the world class research done within the Departments of History and Sociological Studies is incorporated directly into your course. We are one of the leading sociology departments in the UK, offering a breadth of specialist modules to choose from, allowing you to study the areas that appeal to you the most. You will study core modules at each level, helping you to develop your skills and introduce you to various topics including social theory and analysis and social research. You will then have the freedom to choose from a range of optional modules, covering topics such as gender, crime, globalisation of culture, race, family, welfare, business and religion and belief.
Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.
As we are one of the top departments in the country our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places. There are two routes of entry into the Department; conventional entry through UCAS applications, and the mature student entry.
|Fees and funding||
For the latest information on tuition fees for undergraduate study please visit the University’s undergraduate finance webpages, where you will find lots of information about the financial support available to you through the University and guidance on how to apply for government funding if you are a UK applicant.
You can also look up fees for full-time undergraduate courses here.
Studying for your degree at the University of Sheffield offers you a world-class high-quality qualification and excellent value for money. One of the great advantages of studying at the University of Sheffield is that your money will go further in our city.
You can find information on tuition fees for both UK/EU and overseas students here.
Home or overseas tuition fee status?
In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. The regulations governing the fee status of students can be found on the government legislation website.
Tuition fee refund policy
If you are considering, or have decided to take leave of absence, withdraw entirely or transfer to another University, you will need to know how this will affect your tuition fees. Read the Tuition Fee Refund Policy for essential information on tuition fee refunds here.
Funding your study
Find out more about financial support, the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme, money management and additional support here.
Other potential costs
We provide all undergraduate students with an annual allowance on their UCard which is designed to help offset some of the costs for materials and printing. It is up to the individual student to manage this allowance and budget accordingly.
There are no compulsory text books required for the undergraduate courses in Sociological Studies.
We provide a recommended reading list which is intended to give a general background to your undergraduate course. It is not expected that you will read every book over the course of the year, but you are encouraged to read as widely as possible to inform your coursework, project work and exams. Individual modules will provide more specific reading lists, which include readings that can be accessed electronically via the University's library.
You are encouraged to use the University's Library, which has an extensive collection of recommended books to support your studies.
If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.
|How to apply||
To apply to study an undergraduate degree course with us, you must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) between 1 September and 15 January.
You can find out more about making your application through the UCAS website. If you are still at school or college in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can obtain an application form and the UCAS Handbook from your teacher or principal.
You can also get in touch with the UCAS team through its social media networks:
More information about the University of Sheffield’s applications process can be found on the Admissions pages.
Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of our Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to visit the Department, hear more about your chosen course, meet our staff and talk to current students.
|What our students say|
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.