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.

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Top20for assessment and feedback - SociologyNational Student Survey 2023

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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Student stories

Our students and graduates are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. Let our students and graduates tell you theirs.

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