Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

A sociology degree will start your journey to a career that makes a difference. Our expert lecturers will help you explore how our experiences are shaped by class, gender and race - and how this is changing in the 21st century. You’ll graduate with the ability to analyse social structures, ready to positively impact issues at a local, national and global level

This BSc Sociology course examines our world and seeks to understand how identities, relationships and practices are formed. You’ll have the option to specialise by studying modules in subjects like:

  • criminology
  • anthropology
  • politics
  • geography
  • languages

Your core modules will help you develop key knowledge and skills, including:

  • theoretical approaches and different perspectives in sociology
  • the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions
  • research methods in social sciences, including quantitative and qualitative research

As part of your degree you can:

  • study abroad for a semester at a partner university in Brazil, Canada or China
  • study a minor subject, such as psychology, alongside your main degree
  • study modules from other areas, such as languages or international relations
  • make a difference by getting involved with our Social Impact Lab

Admission requirements



International Baccalaureate Diploma

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


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB from two A levels
  • DD in the BTEC Diploma plus B grade from one A-level
  • DDM in the BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirement

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

  • Foundations in Social and Anthropological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Social Problems and Social Policy
  • Understanding Everyday Life

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

  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Exploring Other Cultures
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Transformations of The Modern World

Year 2

  • Qualitative Research: Foundations, Principles and Skills
  • Research Methods in The Social Sciences
  • Social Theory

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

  • Children and Society
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
  • Crime and Criminal Justice: Historical Perspectives
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Culture, Communication and Cognition
  • Gender & Society
  • Globalisation, Inequalities & Power
  • Perspectives in Criminology

Year 3

  • Comparative Sociology
  • Dissertation

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

  • Children and Society
  • Class Structure and Social Inequality
  • Comparing Welfare States - Evolution, Politics & Impact
  • Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control
  • Penology
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • The Deserving and Undeserving: Victims and Scroungers in Criminology and Social Policy
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders

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 Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Sociology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

Sociological analysis is increasingly valued in the workplace, so the skills you acquire during your studies will be in high demand. You’ll also have practical, transferable skills that will be valued across a wide range of roles and sectors.

Our graduates have established careers in:

  • business
  • industry
  • government
  • management
  • counselling
  • human resources
  • voluntary sectors
  • NHS
  • education
  • social work

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