Sociology (BA (Hons))

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

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About Sociology at Newcastle University

Course Overview

If you are curious about the social forces that shape people's everyday lives and keen to learn about cultures and societies different from your own, this degree is for you.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points

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Sociology means thinking critically about the world around us, exploring social institutions, social change, and the many dynamics that shape identities and interactions.

You'll have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge in areas that interest you, such as:

  • health and illness
  • sexuality and gender
  • the anthropology of morality
  • the sociology of childhood

Supported by our research-active staff, you will gain a solid grounding in cutting-edge sociological theories and research.

You also develop transferable skills including critical thinking, analysing complex data, and oral and written presentation skills.

Highlights of this degree

Study at the cutting edge

Study at the cutting edge

Research shapes the content of our degrees and makes sure that your study programme covers the most up-to-date theories in sociology. Our research interests cluster in the following areas:

  • Identities, embodiments and selves 
  • Imagining pasts and futures 
  • Power, inequalities and citizenship 

Study abroad

Study abroad

UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange in Stage 3 in places such as:

  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Norway

Many of our partner institutions teach in English, so fluency in the language of your host institution is not essential.

Facilities and support

As a sociology student at Newcastle, you will be based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology in the Daysh Building.


You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.

Social activities

Our student-led Sociology Society organises a busy programme of events throughout the year to help you get to know people from all years.

Find out more

Visit the School's website to find out more about Sociology at Newcastle.

Teaching and assessment

Study at the cutting edge

Research shapes the content of our degrees and makes sure that your study programme covers the most up-to-date theories in sociology. Some of our research areas include:

  • the changing nature of identities and cultures in contemporary society in relation to a range of social relationships and issues
  • the social and ethical implications of the life sciences, such as public understanding of science (including genetics and food modification) and living with a chronic illness
  • contemporary social change

Teaching methods

Your work is divided between lectures and seminars, with around 10 hours a week devoted to large and small group study. You will supplement this with a maximum of 28 hours' private study.

In Stage 3, you undertake a dissertation on your topic of choice that accounts for a third of your time.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of:

  • essays
  • examinations
  • projects
  • dossiers
  • presentations and poster presentations

Find out more

Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.

Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.

Student profile

If you have strong opinions on issues that alter the world and the people within it, Sociology is for you. Just come equipped with an open mind!

Jamie, Sociology BA Honours

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    Entry Requirements
    A Level: ABB-BBB
    IB: 30-32 points

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