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Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Sociology

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

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Sociology

Explore the processes that lie beneath social change and the ideas and ideals that drive them. On this joint BA Philosophy and Sociology course you’ll gain a solid grounding in the twin disciplines of philosophy and sociology, while having the freedom to pursue your own interests in greater depth. Optional topics cover everything from gender and human rights to criminal justice and the philosophy of religion.

This degree will give you an excellent education in philosophy and sociology. In your degree you can:

  • get to grips with philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility
  • explore an array of topics in sociology, including criminology, criminal justice, social issues and how societies change
  • apply philosophical thought to language, morality, sex and other important aspects of life
  • develop knowledge and skills in research methods, both qualitative and quantitative
  • get experience in doing research and writing dissertations

You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment, and benefit from the expertise of academic staff whose researches feed directly into the course content.

You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules. These include topics such as social enterprise, risk management, and living and working on the web.

The critical and imaginative skills you’ll develop are sought after by a wide range of employers and will prove invaluable to your future career.

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level


  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in two A levels

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Ethics
  • Foundations in Social and Anthropological Theory
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Reason and Argument
  • Transformations of The Modern World
  • Understanding Everyday Life

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Existentialism and its Origins
  • Exploring Other Cultures
  • Faith and Reason
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality
  • Social Theory

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
  • Crime and Criminal Justice: Historical Perspectives
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Culture, Communication and Cognition
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • Gender & Society
  • Globalisation, Inequalities & Power
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Qualitative Research: Foundations, Principles and Skills
  • Social Enterprise
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness

Year 3

  • Comparative Sociology

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact
  • Dissertation
  • Fiction and Fictionalism
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Penology
  • Philosophy Dissertation
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • The Deserving and Undeserving: Victims and Scroungers in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Philosophy and Sociology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

Our philosophy degrees are also a good foundation for further study at masters or PhD level.

Career paths

You’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis, and team working. Career skills are embedded at every stage of our courses and certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication.

Our philosophy graduates have secured roles as diverse as:

  • project manager
  • teacher
  • human resources (HR) coordinator
  • investment analyst
  • digital marketing coordinator
  • tax consultant
  • data analyst

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