The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of
the best in the country for teaching and research. Our academics are
internationally recognised for their expertise and challenge you to develop your own opinions and ideas,
encouraging you to become an independent thinker. We offer high levels
of support and our staff are friendly and accessible.
Adding a quantitative research minor to your programme opens your mind to new ways of
thinking. Starting with no assumed statistical
knowledge, you graduate with an advanced package of practical
quantitative skills alongside subject-specific knowledge in sociological theory and its application to real world issues.
Our degree programme
This programme provides you with an understanding of core traditions
and contemporary developments in sociological thinking and research.
In your first year, you take introductory sociology, and quantitative skills modules and can choose modules on subjects including criminology and modern culture.
In your second and final years, you extend your quantitative skills
and take modules in contemporary sociological theory and social research methods. We offer an impressive range of optional modules, which gives
the flexibility to study the topics that really interest you. Our
modules span many countries and include explorations of childhood,
environmentalism, gender, political change, race, violence and work,
In your final year, you choose either a dissertation with a
quantitative research focus or (providing you achieve the required
academic standard by the end of Stage 2) a placement module where you
can put your skills into practice.
Workplace experience is highly valued by employers, and the
placements offered through Kent see students completing meaningful,
applied quantitative analysis for business and organisations across a
range of sectors, giving you the opportunity to add concrete workplace
achievements to your CV.
Sociology is also available as a single honours programme without quantitative research. For details, see Sociology.
Our students have the opportunity to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions in North America, Asia and Europe. You
don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain
The Social Studies Society is run by Kent students for anyone with an interest in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Social Policy, Economics and
Politics. Previous activities include the Criminal Justice in Action
guest speaker series.
There are events available throughout the year for students from the
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. These may
research seminars and webcasts career development workshops informal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.
In addition to learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, project supervision, and statistics classes, this degree prides itself in its aim to let students carry out hands-on research in the ‘field’ through placements and field trips. Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- a range of key sociological concepts and empirically based arguments and data
- the social processes that shape contemporary society and the relationships between individuals, group and social institutions
- patterns of social diversity and inequality and their origins and consequences
- the nature and appropriate use of diverse social research strategies and methods
- how sociological knowledge can be used to evaluate social and public policy
- the strengths and weaknesses of statistical techniques applied to the study of social issues
- cross-disciplinary understanding of advanced quantitative reasoning and application of these methods to the analysis of complex societal
- how to abstract findings from the application of quantitative
research methods to examine essential features of complex societal
problems and provide a framework for assessment of contemporary
- understanding of the value of comparative analysis across disciplines
- understanding and awareness of ethical implications of social sciences’ inquiry.
You develop the following intellectual skills:
- effectively applying knowledge in analysing complex social issues
- research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect, manipulate, and interpret data
- an understanding and appreciation of different theoretical positions and schools of thought within sociology
- the ability to formulate and sustain a complex argument, which is supported with appropriate evidence
- appreciation of a variety of normative and cultural positions
- the appropriate use of analytical methods – including advanced
methods – in handling, analysing and presenting statistical data across
relevant disciplines; ability to interpret both research data and
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- the ability to communicate information and arguments
- the ability to plan research
- the ability to use and apply sociological theories and concepts in an argument
- the ability to express and evaluate the value and ethical dimensions of sociological practice
- the ability to reformulate social issues from the standpoint of sociological analysis
- how to communicate quantitative empirical findings effectively across disciplines and audiences
- how to construct criminological arguments using quantitative empirical evidence.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- utilising problem-solving skills in a variety of situations – seminars and projects
- communicating effectively
- developing the ability to communicate theoretical and empirical
material and arguments through written and oral modes, including use of
illustrative and supportive material such as overheads and
- developing further such skills as: learning and study skills,
information retrieval skills, communication and information technology
skills, group work skills and skills of time planning and management
- engaging in group work
- quantitative skills: the appropriate use of analytical methods –
including advanced methods – in handling, analysing and presenting
statistical data in diverse real-world settings.
This programme aims to:
- produce graduates with analytical and knowledge based skills
relevant to employment in the professions, public service and the
- develop new areas of teaching that are informed by current research and scholarship on key social issues
- develop new areas of teaching in response to needs of the community
- widen participation in higher education by offering various entry routes
- provide a broad knowledge of the key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches that inform the discipline of Sociology
- promote an understanding of contemporary social issues and of the
impact of diversity and inequality on the local and national communities
- provide an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions
- develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of the nature
and appropriate use of research methods used in sociological research
- teach students key writing, research and communications skills
- enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research
- provide students with the statistical and analytical tools to
independently and successfully conduct advanced quantitative research
- help students make persuasive arguments using quantitative
research, and to critically assess the arguments made by others in the
course of social life
- help students link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry, so that they understand how to conduct and critique social research in the real world.