Sociology with Psychology, 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 with Psychology at University of Portsmouth


Prepare to lead the world into a more positive future.

Human thought and behaviour shapes our society, which in turn shapes our experience as global citizens. Take a psychological approach to the most pressing social issues of our time, from global economic inequality and the migrant crisis to world hunger, climate change and gender equality - and see how our actions interact with and influence social justice and wellbeing in the world.

You'll study traditional psychology and social psychology concepts such as consciousness, memory, personality and intelligence. On this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree, you'll conduct your own research into societal issues that matter most to you, developing the skills to influence positive change such as critical thinking, leading on research projects, analysing data and communicating proposals for change effectively.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn from leading academics actively researching solutions to social inequalities and exploring the social structures that shape our lives, including researchers from our Sociology and Social Theory Research Group
  • Tailor your studies to topics that match your ambitions from a diverse range of specialist modules, including social justice, gender and sexuality, race and racism and global inequality
  • Use psychological theory to address one of three 'unsolvable issues' (homelessness, domestic violence or unemployment), simulating projects you'll work on in future health-related careers
  • 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)
  • Discover how to present your knowledge and research to a wider audience, through the production of a video or podcast on an optional module
  • Learn to use industry-leading software, such as SPSS statistical analysis software and NVivo qualitative data analysis software, to transform your research into actionable findings

Work experience and career planning

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.

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.

Previous students have taken placements roles at organisations including:

  • National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS)
  • New Theatre Royal
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Solent Recovery College
  • Volkswagen
  • local government departments

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 an emphasis on participation with lots of group debates and discussions. You'll also take control of your own learning by doing research, surveys and interviews.

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

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 course provides a solid foundation for moving into a variety of people-focused careers, from community development and careers advice, to teaching and charity work. You'll have the communication, research, critical thinking and analysis skills employers look for to lead on complex projects, convert report findings into manageable insights and manage people with an understanding of how the mind works.

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:

  • peer support and young persons service manager
  • youth worker
  • school teacher or college lecturer
  • research executive
  • fundraising and project manager
  • hr adviser
  • social worker
  • evidence and evaluation manager

Graduates from our sociology courses have worked for companies such as:

  • Solent Mind
  • Chance UK
  • The Prince's Trust
  • NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chance UK
  • Enham Trust (disability charity)

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Notes about fees for this course

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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