Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology

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

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology

Study human life in all its cross-cultural complexity on this BSc Sociology and Anthropology degree. You’ll explore a broad range of issues faced by modern societies around the globe, and understand the importance of cultural anthropology and diversity in our rapidly changing world. Join graduates who have gone on to careers in government, education and research.

Studying sociology (examining the identities, relationships and social practices within our world) and anthropology (the study of human behaviour and societies) will equip you with research expertise and a unique way to consider the impact of social inequality, gender, ethnicity, race, poverty, class differences, and the function of culture in the 21st century.

Your core modules will focus on key areas, including:

  • research methods in social sciences, including quantitative and qualitative research
  • sociological and anthropological theories and perspectives
  • relationships between individuals, groups and institutions in societies around the world
  • comparative analysis in sociology and cross-cultural analysis in anthropology

You’ll have the option to specialise by studying modules in subjects like:

  • archaeology
  • criminology
  • collective action and social change
  • migration
  • ethnography of food and culture

As part of your degree you can:

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

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

  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Exploring Other Cultures
  • 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:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Transformations of The Modern World

Year 2

  • Cosmology, Ritual and Belief
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sexuality and Intimacy

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
  • 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 with Anthropology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

Sociologists and anthropologists are experts in social organisation and human behaviour. As a graduate of this course, you’ll have transferable expertise that will be valued across a wide range of roles and sectors.

Our graduates have established careers in:

  • government
  • the civil service
  • social services
  • education
  • community development
  • police and prison service
  • HR, business and finance
  • social research
  • academia

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