Sociology and Social Anthropology

Undergraduate degree 

Sociology and Social Anthropology

Explore the diversity and complexity of human societies and gain an insight into how people live and how society is structured in different cultures.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

3 years (full-time) OR 
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

Degree Type:

BSc (combined honours)

Entry Tariff:

Call 0300 303 8320 to find out if you are eligible for this programme in Clearing or visit our Clearing page

September 2022 entry: 112 points

UCAS Code:

LCH9

Study Abroad

This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C

COVID-19: Undergraduate Home Applicants for September 2021

We know that coronavirus has been hugely disruptive to the education of many students, and we are committed to taking these circumstances into account when considering results and confirming places to study for September 2021 entry.

This means that:

  • We will accept teacher-assessed grades, or whichever system is used to award final grades. If students choose to appeal grades, we will hold their place until the start of teaching and confirm their place once they receive final results.
  • After we receive student results (in the summer), we will review awarded grades. If students do not meet the grades specified in their offer, we will consider their wider application and circumstances and we may still be able to confirm their place.

Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day
Saturday 13 November 2021

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Course and Module Details

Overview

What is the relationship between conservation and conflict? How is heritage and national identity politicised and mobilised in society? Why do big pharmaceutical companies promote the medicalisation of contemporary societies? Delve into these big questions on our combined honours degree, and explore the diversity and complexity of human societies in both Western and non-Western contexts. 

Our course focuses on classic anthropological themes, such as kinship, witchcraft and indigenous cosmologies, along with contemporary disciplinary concerns, such as migration, tourism, gender and sexuality, health and medicine, and knowledge and science.  

In your first year, you’ll study core subject areas within Social Anthropology, including the family, political systems, cosmological and belief systems. You’ll also focus on classical ethnographic field studies to see how key areas of anthropology have developed. In second year you’ll continue to expand your knowledge through a range of engaging core modules, before moving onto your third year where you’ll study a range of specialist modules and embark on a small-scare supervised research project. You’ll also have the option of undertaking a placement year between years two and three.  

Study with us and you’ll join a highly dynamic course, taught by staff engaged in world-class research. We run some of the UK’s most innovative modules such as Being Human, which explores the human condition from social and biological perspectives; Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product, where experienced anthropologists explain how a project reaches fruition; and The Anthropology of Life and Death, where you’ll compare Western and non-Western perspectives on life and death, as well as consider ethical debates surrounding new biotechnologies and modern medical techniques. 

Modules

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Becoming a Sociologist
Making Sense of Society
Understanding Social Change
Being Human
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product

Year 2

Researching the Social World
The Sociological Imagination
Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies
Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Research Methods in Anthropology

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Anthropology Dissertation
OR
Anthropology Independent Study

Optional Modules
Culture, “Madness” and Medicalisation
Anthropology of Life and Death
Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution
Doing Social Research
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course (student funded module)
Human Osteology and Diversity
Gender and the Body in Classical Art
Islam and Women

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Career Options

You will leave with the practical skills and knowledge to follow a number of different career paths. Our graduates go on to work in: 

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) 
  • Environmental and nature conservation 
  • Politics 
  • Marketing 
  • Journalism 
  • Tourism 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.  

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

For January and September 2022 entry, you can start your application through UCAS. We also have places for September 2021 through Clearing

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). And don’t hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

We fully intend to be able to welcome all students to join us on our campus at the start of term in September 2021. However, should students need to, we can allow late enrolment on most of our courses.

We are lucky enough to have London’s most beautiful campus, and are planning to deliver teaching in person at the start of term, but if the situation requires it, we will support you to study remotely online.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2021, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:

January 2021

You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before Friday 18 December 2020.
  • You are an International undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before Friday 18 December 2020.

September 2021 entry

You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 11 June 2021.
  • You are an International undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 11 June 2021.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee
here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

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Course Facilities

Image -  Students in the lab  
  Gaining hands-on practical experience examining primate skeletons.    

Students in the lab 

Gaining hands-on practical experience examining primate skeletons.  

Image -  Medieval Skeletal Collection  
  We have a large collection of human skeletal remains, used for teaching and research. It comprises over 300 Anglo-Saxon burials from a 9th-12th century cemetery in Surrey, and gives a rare glimpse on the demography and health of a British Medieval rural community.   

Medieval Skeletal Collection 

We have a large collection of human skeletal remains, used for teaching and research. It comprises over 300 Anglo-Saxon burials from a 9th-12th century cemetery in Surrey, and gives a rare glimpse on the demography and health of a British Medieval rural community. 

Image -  Manresa Hall in Whitelands College    
  On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

Manresa Hall in Whitelands College 

On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

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