Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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How can we promote social justice in business, politics and the public sector? On this degree you’ll explore key sociological themes underpinned by applied economic theory, perspectives and approaches to prepare you for a range of graduate careers. 

Sociology is concerned with how people interact in a diverse range of settings and how the dynamics of these settings are affected by several interacting factors – you’ll explore these dynamics to help develop the skills, insights and ambition to not just understand the complexity of modern societies but to intervene in them and make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Through our Economics modules you’ll develop skills in applying economic theory, perspectives and approaches as a method of solving business and organisational problems. You’ll develop knowledge and capabilities in applied economic analysis and learn to use the software used by leading professionals in the financial sector.  

Skills for your future

We’ll provide you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake the type of applied micro and macro-economic analysis needed from business, public and voluntary sector economists. You will develop both quantitative and qualitative analytical skills essential for entry into graduate management and financial training positions, as well as being prepared for progression to postgraduate Economics degrees for a career as an economist. 

Sociology is based on the study of people in society, therefore the skills and knowledge you develop within the programme are relevant to a wide variety of careers. It involves study of the behaviour of people in groups and of the relationship between these groups. This balance of studying major issues of concern for society and linking this to academic concepts and theories develops important skills personally and socially, giving you critical analysis skills that can be useful to a range of different industries. 

Put theory into practice 

You’ll benefit from varied teaching approaches, including guest speakers from a range of industry backgrounds, real-world learning opportunities such as live briefs, and projects set by industry, so you’ll graduate with a wealth of experience. 

You can choose to take a placement year between years two and three of your degree to put your skills into practice and gain valuable work experience before you graduate.

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Choose your pathway

Studying a Sociology and Economics Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.   

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.  

In this combination Sociology is the major subject and Economics is the minor subject.

In this pathway, you study Sociology and Economics equally.

In this pathway, you study Economics and Sociology equally.

In this combination, Economics is the major subject and Sociology is the minor subject.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

The modules below indicate the range of modules you may study as part of this combination, however prescribed and optional modules will vary depending on whether you choose to study both subjects equally, or choose to major or minor in a subject. To find out exactly which modules you would study as part of your chosen combination please contact jhs@derby.ac.uk.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

On your Sociology modules you’ll learn through a range of methods including: 

Real-world learning is at the heart of our Economics modules, with a focus on solving genuine business problems as well as engaging with external experts to discuss economic concepts. You’ll learn through a compelling combination of: 

How you are assessed

On your Sociology modules you will be assessed through a broad range of methods which allows you to demonstrate your individual strengths and abilities. These include: 

On your Economics modules you will be assessed in a number of ways, including: 

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge
Course Director, Business, Law, and Social Sciences

Phil is a Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Sociology within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences.

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Dr Doyin Babajide
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Doyin is a Senior Lecturer in Economics within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
A LevelBBC
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

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If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

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Sociology delivers a broad range of transferable skills and can lead to a wide range of graduate careers where research abilities, critical thinking and analytical skills are valued. Our graduates have used their degree to become teachers, lecturers, social workers, probation officers, civil servants, social researchers, business owners, marketers, counsellors, charity workers, and community officers – to name but a few roles. They have also found work in retail management, public relations, banking, welfare advice, accountancy and systems analysis. 

Economics graduates with an understanding of business and leadership are in great demand across the public, private and voluntary sectors worldwide. As well as roles in international business, consultancy and finance, you could pursue opportunities in government departments, development agencies, charities and not-for-profit organisations. 

Careers and Employment Service

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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