Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses


Why study at Roehampton

  • The option to study specialist subjects such as human rights, media and culture, urban society and childhood studies.
  • An annual summer student conference where final year students can present their research
  • Your lecturers undertake internationally significant and world-leading research that has an impact on societies and communities (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • 95% of overall student satisfaction with teaching (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

Sociology gives you the chance to make sense of society and current social trends.

Sociology gives you the chance to make sense of society and current social trends. It encourages you to think critically and imaginatively about your life, the communities you live in and the social structures that make up society. You will carry out your own research projects and evaluate the options facing policy makers on a range of social issues.

More details

The Sociology course at Roehampton is for those with curious minds who are keen to learn about how different factors such as policies, religion, the environment, family, identity, and the economy shape the society we live in. To support you in achieving your career ambitions, we offer work placement opportunities and excellent links with practitioners in a wide variety of fields including central and local government, health, education, human rights, the criminal justice system and the voluntary and community sectors. Your tutors will be on hand to ensure you excel in your studies, by providing high quality online and face-to-face support.

Ranked 6th university in the country for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
You will be taught by research active staff whose work has a direct impact on political, economic and social policy in the UK and around the world. The Department hosts the internationally recognised Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research, focused on research in international relations, human rights, citizenship and migration. This means you can learn and grow in an environment driven by innovative research and benefit from links with the wider community nationally and internationally.

Year-by-year summary

First year

In the first year, you will be introduced to the subject through a range of engaging modules. Recent examples have included Making Sense of Society, Becoming a Sociologist and Sociology and Everyday Life.

Second year

You will further develop your skills as a sociologist further in your second year through core modules. You will also have the chance to focus on areas that interest you. Recent examples of modules include sociological theory and methods, plus modules exploring contemporary urban life and self-identity. Other examples might include human rights or the sociology of childhood and the family.

Third year

In your final year, there will be opportunities for independent study and placements in either voluntary organisations or paid jobs. You also choose from optional modules. Recent examples have included Understanding Globalisation, and Sociology of Death, Food and Society and Reproduction.

Example modules

  • Sociology and Everyday Life.
  • Londonopolis - Exploring the Global City.
  • Intimacy and Self

Career options

Sociology develops essential skills needed for working in government, charities and businesses. Our graduates become social workers, community development officers or work in the criminal justice system. Others work in the media and campaigning organisations, or in marketing and public relations.

UCAS code




BSc Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Social Sciences »


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »


Criminology [ML93] »

Social Anthropology [LCH9] »

Related courses

Criminology »

MA or PGDip or PGCert Human Rights and International Relations »

Erasmus Mundus MA Human Rights Policy and Practice »

Further information

Contact our Enquiries team »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Undergraduate open day

Saturday 3 October 2015

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