Social Sciences Undergraduate Courses

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

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.

12thStudent experience - BA (Hons) Sociology**Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022
Top 20Teaching quality - BA (Hons) Sociology**Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022
100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Sociology**National Student Survey 2021

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.

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 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.


Global perspectives are an integral part of all our social sciences 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 Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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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're still looking for a place at university, have changed your mind about what and where you want to study, or are worried about your grades, register now to beat the results day rush.

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Make it Real
at Derby

We want you to realise your vision for your future. The University of Derby is a place where you can take your passion and talent and use them to create a better world.

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