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Social Science

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

Program description

Social Science

This programme allows you to study across the social science spectrum - Criminology, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Analytics, Social Policy - and think outside of conventional disciplinary boundaries.

It is an excellent opportunity to study an interdisciplinary degree, allowing you to combine the theories and methods of the different disciplines to increase your knowledge and understanding.

This programme will introduce you to a range of social science perspectives and methods. You can build on this foundation by choosing modules that reflect your own academic and career interests.

The unique flexibility of this programme allows you to sample a broad mix of topics from across a wide range of available options, or you can organise your studies thematically and gain multiple perspectives of the same topic, such as gender, ethnicity and inequality.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer


Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Social Science and Social Issues
  • Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Key Ideas in Social Science
  • Becoming a Social Scientist

Year two

Core modules

Social Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio'r Gymdeithas Gyfalafol
  • Offending and Victimisation
  • Responses to Crime
  • Working Knowledge: Analysing and Experiencing Employment (with Placement)
  • Contemporary Inequalities
  • Evaluating Social Practice, Policy and Innovation
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Sociology of Education
  • What Happens in Schools: Assessing Policy in Practice
  • Social Theory
  • Human Development
  • Real World Research (with Placement)
  • Knowing the Social World - Online and Offline Surveys
  • Poverty and Social Security in the UK
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Gender Relations and Society
  • Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations
  • Identity and Subjectivity

Year three

Optional modules

  • Dissertation
  • Experiments in Knowing
  • Analysing Social Change
  • Crime, Security and Justice in the City
  • Police and Policing
  • Prisons and Prisoners
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Radical Education
  • Work and Skills in the 21st Century: an international perspective
  • Issues in Social and Cultural Psychology
  • Personality and the Self
  • International and Comparative Social and Public Policy
  • Equality and Social Justice in a Globalised World
  • Power, Politics and Policy
  • The Sociology of Stigma
  • Society and Genetics
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Reflections on Education: Theory into Practice
  • Cymdeithas Gyfoes yng Nghymru
  • Neuropsychology & Society
  • Live Theory

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students:£9,000 per year
  • Tuition fees for International Students:£18,700 per year

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the key ideas, theories and concepts used in social science and their relationship to themes, theories and findings from cognate disciplines.
  • An understanding of the main research methods used within the social sciences and the philosophical issues that inform their application and use in research settings.
  • A critical and in-depth understanding of research and theory in selected sub-fields of social science and the relevance of this work to contemporary social debates, issues or problems.
  • An understanding of the role empirical evidence plays in the creation and constraint of theory, and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critically evaluate existing knowledge, scholarship and research in social science and use this knowledge to reach a balanced judgement about the merits and relevance of competing claims and theoretical perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate the use of evidence in social science disciplines and policy debates, drawing on both broad methods training and subject specific knowledge
  • Utilise knowledge and skills to understand and explain social phenomena of interest to social science and apply this understanding to new or novel questions

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Design and use a range of data collection instruments needed to explore and understand the social world
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and interpret primary and secondary data generated using different methods, using specialist software where necessary
  • Work both collaboratively and individually on theoretically informed and empirically-grounded projects that draw on appropriate and relevant research evidence

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capacity for problem-solving and originality in thinking by using knowledge and skills to tackle familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Academic and personal skills such as critical thinking, writing, oral presentations, problem solving, group work, time-management, and the use of information technology.
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a variety of formats including reports, oral presentations, posters and dissertations

Career opportunities

Popular employments sectors included: administrative work, education, social work, retail, finance, and other professional sectors.

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