BA (Hons) Sociology
Why choose this course?
Studying Sociology at Derby will give you a head start in a richly rewarding graduate career - and prepare you for life as an actively engaged citizen.
- Explore a wide-ranging subject which gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue a successful career in many different sectors
- 100% of students said that they were satisfied with our course (NSS 2016)
- Get to the heart of public debates: ours is a modern course where you’ll focus on the issues and trends influencing society today
- Boost your employability through work placements, fieldwork and advanced research skills
- Gain an international perspective on sociological issues - with the chance to go on an exchange to Charles University in Prague
- Be inspired by our enthusiastic and approachable teaching team who will support you every step of the way
- Study in a city with a strong heritage in sociology: Herbert Spencer, credited with founding the study of sociology, was born in Derby.
You can also choose to study Sociology as a joint honours degree and combine it with another subject.Show All
UCAS code: L300
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years. Part-time: up to six years
Campus: One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
Everybody has their own ideas about society, but how do we gain an accurate picture of what is really happening? Studying Sociology at Derby will help you to analyse and understand the dramatic and diverse changes affecting our lives today.
You'll look at key approaches to social dynamics, politics and culture, consider how the modern world has developed and where it’s going, and explore how we can bring about change for the better.
Challenge your perceptions
You can choose fascinating topics which encourage you to think critically and ethically. You’ll find yourself discussing a broad range of social trends, including controversies around social inequality, race and ethnicity, politics, the nature of evil, and the cult of celebrity.
Enjoyable and engaging
The course is structured around the key avenues of crime and justice, culture and belief, and politics and social justice - which you can combine to match your own interests.
We have designed the first year of the degree to make the experience of studying Sociology enjoyable for all applicants. Those moving up from 'A' level Sociology, as well as those bringing other skills, knowledge and experiences, will find something fresh and engaging on offer. By the end of your studies, you'll have developed practical research skills, the ability to analyse arguments and the confidence to justify your own opinions.
Well prepared for the world of work
We’ll help you to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to excel in your chosen career. You’ll take a compulsory second year work placement module where you can gain experience with an employer of your choice. This will not only broaden your practical know-how but also equip you with skills in CV writing, interview techniques and reflective thinking. There’s also the option to take an additional placement in your third year.
Build your research skills
We offer exciting opportunities for you to put your knowledge to practical use. You'll undertake ‘real world’ research through your independent studies module, exploring the sociological themes in which you have developed a particular interest. We give you a thorough grounding in research methods, fieldwork and data collection which will serve you well in your future career.
Broaden your horizons by studying abroad
Our focus is international in scope, so you’ll consider the key sociological questions facing global populations. There is the chance to study Sociology abroad for one semester as part of our Erasmus partnership with Charles University in Prague. You’ll not only explore sociological issues from an international perspective in the lively Czech capital but also gain an impressive addition to your CV. Experience overseas showcases your resourcefulness, confidence and willingness to embrace new opportunities.
Expertise to inspire you
You'll be taught by experienced teachers who are specialists in their field and whose research is opening up debates about some of the most pressing issues facing society today. Our staff are in demand for their expertise, regularly appearing in the media, publishing journal articles and delivering conference papers in the UK and overseas.
A city of great thinkers
You’ll be studying in a city which has always fostered originality and innovation. Among the many pioneers who have called Derby home was Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), recognised for founding the study of sociology. Spencer was a philosopher, biologist, anthropologist and political theorist. He is best known for the expression ‘survival of the fittest’, which he coined after reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.
Combine Sociology with another subject - find out more about our joint honours degrees.
What you will cover
The number of Sociology modules you study will depend on whether you choose to major or minor in Sociology.
You'll study modules such as:
- Understanding Society: Themes and Issues in Social Theory
- Researching Society 1: Methods and Analysis
- Patterns of Inequality
- Making the Modern World: From Colonialism to the Welfare State
- Media, Culture and Society
- Understanding Crime and Deviance
- Researching Society 2: Aims, Design, Ethics
- Capitalism, Culture and Class: Social Theory in Classical Modernity
- Sociology in the World 1: Putting Sociology to Work
- Researching Society 3: Statistics in Social Research
- Gender and Sexuality
- The Sociology of Childhood and Youth
- Family Forms and Personal Ties
- Race, Racism and Cosmopolitanism
- Religion and Society
- Urban Sociology
- Globalisation and Social Change
- Society, Government and Policy
- Independent Study
- Sociology in the World 2: Life After Graduation
- Health, Illness and Social Justice
- World in Conflict: War, Terrorism and Societies
- Sociological Theory in the 21st Century
- Religious and Ethnic Minorities
- Humour and Society
- Apocalypse and Conspiracy: Understanding Marginal Beliefs
- Gender, Crime and Violence
- Changing the World: Social Movements and Political Engagement
- Digital Futures and the Global Networked Society
- The Effects of Social Policy.
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 260 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
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How to apply
- Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS
- Part-time students should apply directly to the University
- Students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS.
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
£1,125 per module
£11,500 per year
For students starting their course in 2017/18, the full-time undergraduate fees will be £9,250 per year for all courses (or £1,155 per module if a part-time option is available).
Further information for 2017/18 fees will be released January 2017.
How you will learn
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, multimedia presentations, online collaboration, guest speakers and class debates. In addition to our scene-setting core modules, the choice of optional modules means you can focus on issues that match your intellectual interests and career aspirations.
We make use of fieldtrips across a number of modules. These will help you gain insights into how institutions and organisations work ‘on the ground’. They will also assist you to develop observational research skills you may wish to use in your own projects.
Our Religion and Society module, for instance, features speakers from each of the major faiths and visits places of worship. We also have an active Sociology Student Society that organises social activities and events.
In your second and third year, you have the option of taking our Sociology in the World modules, which enable you to put your growing knowledge of sociology into practice in the workplace. It’s the ideal opportunity to develop your employability skills and make vital contacts for your future career. A similar option can be taken in your third year as well.
Supporting you all the way
We pride ourselves on being approachable and supportive. You'll have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree - providing an exceptional level of support, which has been commended by external examiners.
How you'll be assessed
You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, case studies, project work, group work presentations and online discussions - a broad range of methods allowing you to demonstrate your individual strengths and abilities.
Who you'll meet
Our staff specialise in a wide range of modern social issues including economic inequalities, religion, the family, culture, gender, media, crime, politics, ethnicity, terrorism, childhood, health, social policy, extremism and alternative beliefs.
Our teaching team includes:
- Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge - Programme Leader and Lecturer in Sociology
- Dr Phil Henry - Lecturer in Sociology and Head of the Multi-Faith Centre
- Dr Sung-Hee Lee - Lecturer in Sociology
- Dr Suha Shakkour - Lecturer in Sociology
- Dr Simon Speck - Lecturer in Sociology and responsible for the Erasmus European Exchange programme in Sociology
- Andrew Wilson - Lecturer in Sociology.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
Skills for success
Sociology offers a wide range of skills and insights, so it’s no surprise to find our graduates enjoying success in a variety of careers. The analytical ability and research skills you develop on this course can be applied in many different job roles. The latest Unistats data revealed that 90% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing their course.
By studying Sociology as a Joint Honours subject, you will broaden your scope in the job market. It will set you apart as a flexible, adaptable and highly organised graduate, while enabling you to apply for an even wider variety of jobs.
A broad career choice
Our graduates have used their degree to become teachers, lecturers, social workers, probation officers, civil servants, social researchers, business owners, marketeers, counsellors, charity workers, and community officers. They have also found work in retail management, public relations, banking, welfare advice, accountancy and systems analysis. A growing number of our graduates secure competitively funded places on postgraduate courses too, especially in the fields of social work and teaching.
Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.
The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
What our students say
"Studying Sociology at Derby has been a great experience. It is a great subject to study in depth." Sherrick Reid, graduate
“The tutors offer you all the support you need. They have very flexible office hours.” Rosie Newton, BA (Hons) Sociology student
“The course allowed me to make my own decisions about my social environment and to feel informed and empowered enough to have an opinion on issues such as politics, social history, health, social class and feminism.” Laura Hopewell, BA (Hons) Sociology graduate
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