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Sociology BA (Hons)

University of Derby United Kingdom

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Korean BA

SOAS University of London United Kingdom

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Sociology BA

University of Sheffield United Kingdom

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Sociology BSc (Hons)

Loughborough University United Kingdom

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Anthropology and Sociology BSc

Brunel University London United Kingdom

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Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)

The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) United Kingdom

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Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)

University of Hull United Kingdom

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Sociology and Criminology BA (Hons)

Coventry University United Kingdom

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Sociology and Linguistics BA (Hons)

Bangor University United Kingdom

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Sociology BA (Hons)

University of West London United Kingdom

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Sociology BA (Hons)

University of Lincoln United Kingdom

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Social Policy, Sociology and Crime BSc

School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds United Kingdom

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Applied Psychology and Sociology BA (Hons)

University of Brighton United Kingdom

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Sociology BA (Hons)

University of Greenwich United Kingdom

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Sociology [with Foundation Year] BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University ARU United Kingdom

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All Bachelors Degrees in Sociology

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Study a Sociology degree in the UK in 2024

Sociology is a highly subjective area of study that requires students to form their own opinions. Despite this subjectivity, the key definitions of sociology are 'the science of society' or 'the study of society'. The content of a sociology degree will differ slightly at each institution.

Your degree will encompass a wide range of topics, including the behaviour of humans as social beings, the patterns of human relationships and interaction, as well as gaining an insight on the different aspects of society through other social sciences, such as history, psychology and economics.

A sociology degree will require you to develop your knowledge in a variety of areas. These will include the sciences, humanities, mathematics, economics and history, among others. You will be given the opportunity to develop your higher education research skills, as well as gain experience of social life in the contemporary world.

Your modules will be delivered mainly as lectures and tutorials. Depending on your institution, you may have the chance to undertake some practical work either on campus, or as part of a placement off campus.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be offered the chance to specialise towards the end of your degree. This can be an important thing to do, as sociology covers a broad range of topics. If you are interested in a certain area of sociology, you should choose a course that offers that as a specialisation. Common specialisations include:

  • Political Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Research Methods
  • Global Sociology
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Class and Social Stratification

If your course requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you a chance to further research a favoured area of sociology.

The accreditation of your degree will vary from institution to institution. In the UK, you will most likely be awarded a bachelor of the arts, with a minority of universities offering bachelor of science in sociology.

There is currently no official certification for a sociologist, as the careers available are so varied. If you choose to go into a certain field, you may be required to gain extra qualifications during your career.

An undergraduate degree in sociology will normally last three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can take up to two years when studied full-time.

After successful completion of your degree, you can either seek employment or further your studies. Continuation of studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate. If you do choose to further your studies, you will be able to focus on a more specific area of sociology.

Sociology graduates will have been provided with a large variety of skills, meaning that career options are plentiful. You may choose to work in a public institution, or a government department. Positions include community development worker, social researcher, teacher and counsellor, among many others. If you enjoy working with different people from various walks of life, you will be able to look at a career in social work or support work.

The transferable skills gained will be highly applicable in any career graduates enter. Skills such as research methods, perceptiveness, reasoning and analytical and statistical methods make sociology an incredibly holistic degree.

A sociology degree will require you to develop your knowledge in a variety of areas. These will include the sciences, humanities, mathematics, economics and history, among others. You will be given the opportunity to develop your higher education research skills, as well as gain experience of social life in the contemporary world.

Your modules will be delivered mainly as lectures and tutorials. Depending on your institution, you may have the chance to undertake some practical work either on campus, or as part of a placement off campus.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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