Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses


Why study at Roehampton

  • 96% of overall student satisfaction with teaching (National Student Survey 2014).
  • Your lecturers are constantly working on research to enrich your learning, giving you greater insights into hot topics in modern day sociology such as inequalities, parenting, European citizenship, and migration. 100% of their research has an impact on societies around the world (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • The option to study specialist areas including: human rights, security and international relations, media and culture, health policy, urban society and childhood studies.
  • Expand your skills by doing a work placement using our links with professionals in government, education, human rights, the criminal justice system or the voluntary and community sectors.

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

The course encourages you to think critically and creatively about your life, the communities in which you live and the social relations that make up society. You will develop the skills to understand social change both in the UK and more globally, bringing a sociological lens to your everyday life. Your studies will help you to evaluate the options that policy-makers have on a range of contemporary social issues.

You will learn how to become an independent researcher by carrying out your own research projects. This will give you a set of skills essential for a range of careers.

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.

6th university in the country for the impact of our social sciences research
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

You are introduced to the subject through modules such as:
• Making Sense of Society
• Becoming a Sociologist
• Sociology and Everyday Life

Second year

You further develop your skills as a sociologist through core modules in sociological theory and methods, plus modules exploring contemporary urban life and self-identity. You also have the option of taking modules that focus on human rights, the sociology of childhood and the family.

Third year

There are opportunities for independent study and placements in either voluntary organisations or paid jobs. You also choose from optional modules such as 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

A Sociology degree is an excellent platform for a range of careers. The discipline develops essential skills for careers in government, charities and businesses. Many sociology graduates become social workers and community development officers or work in the criminal justice system. Others work in the media, campaigning organisations, marketing, public relations, and teaching.

UCAS code




BSc Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

240 points

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 11 July 2015

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