Why study at Roehampton

  • 97% of students are satisfied with teaching on this course (National Student Survey 2015).
  • The opportunity to choose modules in areas that interest you, including human rights, media and culture, urban society and childhood studies. 
  • Develop your communication skills by presenting your research in our annual student conference.
  • Collaborate with and learn from the experience of our staff, who are engaged in world-leading research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Roehampton is ranked 6th in the country for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Sociology is the study of human social behaviour. This course is designed to challenge how you think about your life and understand the communities you live in and the social structures that make up society. You will develop a strong understanding of what shapes our society, from politics, religion, the environment, family, identity and the economy. You’ll graduate from the course with the knowledge, skills and confidence to build a successful career, 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

At Roehampton, you’ll join a welcoming academic community. Our tutors will be on hand to ensure you excel in your studies, by providing you with regular support and guidance. You will study with staff whose work has a direct impact on political, economic and social policy in the UK and around the world. You will have the opportunity to lead your own research projects and evaluate the options facing policy makers on a range of social issues.

To help you achieve 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.

Our 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 excellent links with the wider community nationally and internationally.

Year-by-year summary

First year

In the first year, you will be develop an understanding of the subject area 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 build 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.

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.

What our students say

Ingvild Willwerth - Sociology

"I’ve been given a lot of freedom to study what really interests me."

Ingvild Willwerth

Example modules

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

Career options

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

UCAS code




BSc Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

280 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Social Sciences »


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

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; 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 Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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