Social and Political Sciences Undergraduate Courses

Study with us and you can investigate the major social questions of our time and debate global political challenges; study a subject that ignites your curiosity.

Whether you’re interested in sociology, politics, or international relations and diplomacy, our courses will challenge you to question, analyse and seek answers about the workings of society. You’ll become an actively engaged citizen, fully prepared for careers where you can bring about change for the better.

Teaching team

We promise you a first-rate learning experience; many of our lecturers have a wealth of experience in their chosen profession, so you’re getting industry-relevant teaching to help you shine in your chosen career. Many are also involved in research, bringing the latest theories into the classroom.

Hearing the lecturers talk about their experiences in their careers really inspires me. It gives me valuable insight into the areas of study to focus on in order to improve my career prospects.

Tyra Tucker
BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy

Professional experience

We’re serious about getting you started in your career, whether you’ve already decided what you want to do or need to find inspiration. With opportunities for internships, volunteering and placements, our hands-on approach to study will ensure you’re ready for the world of work.


You’ll be based at One Friar Gate Square in Derby, a modern building in the city centre. You’ll study alongside students on our law, criminology and criminal psychology and policing courses, giving you unique opportunities to share knowledge, expertise and experience.

Specialist facilities at One Friar Gate Square include our replica crown court, student legal advice centre and mock custody suite, plus well-resourced lecture theatres, seminar rooms and social learning spaces.

A look around One Friar Gate Square, the University of Derby's Law School


Global perspectives are an integral part of all our social and political courses. Recognising the importance of how other countries approach social and political issues, we offer each student the opportunity to go on an international study trip within their course. Previous trips include visits to The Hague, Geneva and Berlin. 


Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles such as: 

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Undergraduate Live Online Event

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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