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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Program description

Sociology BA

Sociology is a scientific discipline concerned with the explanation of social life and human behaviour of all kinds. It equips students with the skills to understand the breadth of social practice, ranging from the global (including power and politics, conflict and peace processes, security, the digital world, climate change, racism and social justice) to individual experiences (such as the body, intimacy, emotions, identity, beliefs and mental health). Through theoretical tools and methodological techniques, Sociology at Queen’s provides students with a unique way of interacting with the world as critical and engaged citizens.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

  • BBB

Access Course

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%.


A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school. 

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Program content

Stage 1

Core Modules

  • Rethinking Sociology
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Introducing Social Policy
  • Digital Society

Optional Modules

  • Introducing Criminology
  • Exploring Criminology
  • Visualising the Social World
  • Themes and Issues in Social Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Issues in Contemporary Politics

Stage 2

Core Modules

  • The Power of Social Theory
  • Quantitative Research Skills
  • Social Inequalities and Diversity
  • Qualitative Research Skills

Optional Modules

  • Northern Ireland: Conflict, Identity, Peace
  • Welfare in Theory and Practice
  • Environmental Crime and Justice
  • Questions for an Ageing World
  • Theory Counts
  • Gender and Migration
  • Sociology of Conflict and Peace Processes

Stage 3

Core Modules

  • Research Project and Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Religion: Death or Revival
  • Norms and Social Change
  • Emotion, Power, and Politics: The Political Sociology of Emotions, Trump, Brexit, and Populism
  • Modern Families: Intimate and Personal Relationships
  • Disability and Society
  • Contemporary Irish Society
  • Global Risk Society
  • Modelling the Social World
  • Social Identity: Difference and Inequalities

The Optional Q-Step Exit Pathway

Tuition fees

  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • EU Other - £17,400
  • International - £17,400

Career opportunities

Our graduates have worked for organisations beyond and within Northern Ireland, such as:

  • Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)
  • Belfast Child
  • Johnsons Solicitors
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Barnardos
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive

About this institute

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...

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Contact info

Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom


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