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Politics and Sociology BA

UCAS code: LL23
Duration: 3 years


This dual degree programme involves the parallel study of two major disciplines in complementary fields, offering students a broad context for their intellectual development.

The study of politics involves the development of knowledge and understanding about governance in human societies. Politics is concerned with ideas, institutions and practices from local and regional levels to national and international domains. Issues such as power, democracy, and rights are central to its pre-occupations.

The sociological perspective emphasises the need to understand how individual attitudes, beliefs and life chances are socially patterned and how people's personal experience and private troubles are related to wider structural forces and social processes. Sociologists are especially interested in social change, and how the forces of modernity such as globalisation and the information revolution affect people's everyday lives.

This degree combination will give you an in-depth understanding of political phenomena, and of the concepts, theories, approaches and methods employed in the study of politics and sociology. You'll also learn to evaluate different interpretations of political processes, events and controversies, and to assess critically issues of contemporary public concern.

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On this course you will select from a range of compulsory and optional modules from across the Departmemnt of Sociological Studies and the Department of Politics.

View undergraduate modules for Politics and Sociology BA

Visit the Department of Politics Website

Entry requirements

Entry Requirments

As we are one of the top departments in the country our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places.

Standard entry requirements

Politics and Sociology BA ABB at A level Other acceptable qualifications

Mature student entry route

Applications from mature candidates are encouraged and we try to tailor our admissions procedures to meet the individual circumstances of each applicant. Due to the nature of our discipline approximately on third of all students admitted to the Department are over 21. We ensure we always keep a quota of places available for mature students.

Access to HE course requirements
60 Credits overall with 45 at level 3 (30 at Merit or above and 15 at Distinction)

Information for mature students

How to Apply

UCAS Code: LL23

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:

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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.

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.

International students

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.

Find out more about living costs, scholarships, tuition fees and more for international students.

Tuition fees

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.

Read more about home or overseas tuition fee status.

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.

Reassessment fees

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.

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.

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