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Sociology degree structure

Learning style and contact time

The BA Sociology course offers great flexibility in that beyond the core modules, you will choose your own topics of study from our varied specialist modules.

In your first year, you will choose one or two modules (30CATS) from options offered within sociology (or you can even take options from outside the department, if you wish). By your second year, you will be choosing almost 60% of your material. Your third year will be selected entirely by you; you’ll choose from our list of specialist options and also have the chance to do a dissertation (accounting for 25% of your final year marks). The dissertation will be on a topic area of your choosing, developed and agreed upon with your supervisor.

You can select from the wide range of optional modules in the second and third years to retain a general degree, or you can concentrate on an area of particular interest, with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment.

Your module tutors will be able to provide specific advice about the subject matter of individual modules along with advice in terms of specific essays and assignments. Module convenors/tutors have weekly Advice and Feedback Hours when you can sit down on a one-to-one basis with the tutor and follow up on seminar discussions, seek guidance on your essays, and ask questions about feedback you have received.


Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally be expected to write essays and/or take a two to three-hour examination in some modules. You will be given plenty of advance notice regarding these assignments and examinations.

In your second year you may be able to choose your method of assessment. This may be 100% examination, 100% assessed essay, or 50% exam and 50% essay. Please be aware that there may not always be this choice, but you will be given full information about assessment at the time of choosing your modules. As well as essays and exams, you could also be assessed through other methods like online quizzes, group presentations, research projects or podcasts.

We realise that feedback is important to your academic development, so throughout your degree you will receive regular and extensive feedback to help you progress, including: written comments on essays, the chance for one-to-one meetings with module tutors and informal feedback during seminars and group discussions. You will also write formative essays for which you will receive detailed feedback in preparation for your module summative assessments.

Yearly structure (Single Honours degrees)

1st Year modules

2nd Year modules

3rd Year modules

View our list of Sociology modules available for the 2017/18 academic year (which is indicative of the type of list available in future years)