Sociology, University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

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About Sociology at University of Portsmouth


Understand how and why the world is changing on this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course. 

Step into the centre of critical debates on current social and political issues, from Brexit and Black Lives Matter, to income inequality, drone warfare, veganism and the #metoo movement. Make sense of what’s going on, why it’s happening, and what we can do about it.

Learn to critically engage with the world around you, and develop the confidence, knowledge and methods to enact positive change. On this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree, you’ll learn classical sociological theories, have the chance to specialise in what interests you most – and see how sociology can help in the fight against inequality and injustice.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Tailor your studies to topics that matter most to you – from gender, sexuality, race, and social class, to happiness, the body, and the politics of nationalism
  • Learn ways to apply classical sociological theories, such as developing policies and actions to produce social change and solutions to the pressing issues affecting the world right now
  • Learn from leading sociologists whose research is helping to tackle social inequalities around the world
  • Hear from industry specialists on topics such as racism, asylum and gender-based violence – recent guest speakers have come from Friends Without Borders and Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Services (PARCS)
  • Build competent research skills that support you to carry out your own research and analysis of issues you're passionate about – previous student dissertations were on the Black Lives Matter movement, online dating, musical taste and K-Pop, happiness and social media, becoming vegan and racism in sport
  • Follow an optional media studies pathway, where you could explore topics such as digital cultures and media fandom

Work experience and career planning

Taking an optional placement year after your second year of study will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You'll get valuable work experience and the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt. Our students also regularly work on research projects for the local community.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

There's a practical focus on this course. You'll take part in group debates and discussions and get hands-on experience with different research and interview techniques. For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • a 10,000-word dissertation in year 3

Coursework typically makes up around 100% of your final mark.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Student Destinations

The knowledge you gain on this course, coupled with the communication, research, critical thinking and analysis skills you learn, means you'll have lots of career options when you graduate.

After the course you could also continue your studies to a PhD or other postgraduate qualification, following in the footsteps of your lecturers.

Many of our sociology graduates go into people-focused roles, or in roles that allow them to do research, shape social policies or bring about social change.

Areas you could go into include:

  • teaching and lecturing (with additional training or further study)
  • research and policy
  • health and social care
  • advertising, marketing and media
  • local government
  • careers advice, human resources and recruitment
  • charity work and community development

Roles you could go onto include:

  • fundraising and project manager
  • hr adviser
  • housing strategy and policy officer
  • social worker
  • evidence and evaluation manager
  • peer support and young person's service manager
  • recruitment consultant
  • senior research executive
  • marketing manager
  • data analyst
  • fraud operations executive

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • Washington Frank International
  • Kantar (data analytics and brand consulting)
  • Enham Trust (disability charity)
  • The Prince's Trust
  • NHS Foundation Trust
  • Youth Futures Foundation
  • Solent Mind
  • Chance UK 
  • Strictly Come Dancing (production)
  • YouGov
  • Bank of England

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Entry requirements

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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