Look beneath the surface of everyday life. Discover the complexity of modern societies and how they have developed, while gaining critical and analytical skills that will impress your future employers.
My three years in the Sociology department were fantastic, owing to the brilliant support my fellow classmates and I were given."
This course lets you look beneath the surface of the everyday life most people take for granted.
By studying the work of classical sociologists, such as Weber and Marx, as well as contemporary issues like the risk society and the ‘spectre of individualism’, you’ll gain an understanding of why people live, work and interact in the ways that they do.
You’ll also look at the complex social lives created by our increasingly global daily communications, and learn how these lives have come about and what they might mean for the future.
As well as the fundamentals of sociology, our modules will give you the chance to explore your own areas of interest, such as the media, crime, social control, sport or nature and society.
With opportunities to conduct your own community or workplace research, you’ll also gain valuable practical experience, as well as insights into different sociological methods and approaches to social issues.
Course leader: James Rosbrook-Thompson
By studying sociology you’ll learn to think independently and creatively, and question 'common sense' assumptions about the way the world works. These critical and analytical skills are in demand from many employers.
Our past students now enjoy careers in journalism and the media, business administration and management, health management, the civil service, teaching, social care, social research, the police, prison and probation services.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
With specialist modules in years 2 and 3, you’ll be able to fine-tune your degree to suit your preferred career. If you take our Preparing for Work module, you’ll receive specialist advice for a career in social science.
Or you might enjoy your course so much that you decide to apply for our MA Sociology.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of exams, essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, project work and personal portfolio production, as well as your final-year Major Project.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
In our campus library, you’ll have access to an expanding collection of social science books and digital resources, as well as many computer rooms for group or private study.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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