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BA (Hons) Sociology

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

BA (Hons) Sociology

Examine how our actions are shaped by our social environment and explore the values, ideas and beliefs people hold, and the lives we live.

Understand how social, economic, political and cultural forces shape individuals. Challenge your views on topics debated in society and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments attributes valued by employers.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: ABB
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDM
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, M2, M2
  • European Baccalaureate: An overall average of 75%
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

In Year 1, you'll be introduced to classic and contemporary social theory, criminology and social psychology. You will learn the skills sociologists need, such as presentation and writing skills, while having your sociological imagination inspired and challenged.

Core modules

You'll study four core modules.

  • Cultivating a Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Introducing Social Psychology

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll study one core module and choose three option modules.

Core modules

You'll study one core module:

  • Doing Research

Option modules

Choose three of the following modules:

  • Contemporary Political Sociology
  • Gender, Sexuality and Inequalities
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Popular Culture, Media and Society
  • Divisions and Inequality: Race and Ethnicity, Class and Religion
  • Nature, Culture and Technology
  • Sociology at Work
  • Social Interactions and Conversation Analysis

Year 3

In your final year, you'll choose four option modules, allowing you to follow your interests or investigate a new area of study. You'll also design and undertake an independent research project, culminating in a Dissertation.


  • Sociology Dissertation

Option modules

Choose four option modules from a list including:

  • Body and Society
  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Humans and Other Animals
  • The Racial State
  • Sociology of the Future
  • Crime, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Morbidity, Culture, and Corpses
  • The Global Transformation of Health
  • Emotions in the Social World
  • Migration and Tourism
  • Sociology of the North
  • Working in the Criminal Justice System
  • Crime, Media and Culture

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively
  • Considering different viewpoints

Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you'll have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to lots of different industries.

Career opportunities

  • Criminal justice, policing and law
  • Social research
  • Education
  • Media and creative industries
  • Health and cultural services
  • Charity sector

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University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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Contact info

University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom

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