Sociology (extended degree)

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  • 93% of Roehampton Sociology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018 results).
  • 91% Roehampton psychology and counselling graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2018 results).
  • Ranked sixth in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research - over half of it is considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • We are ranked the 3rd university in London for Sociology (Complete University Guide 2020).


Gain insight into the global issues we face in modern society by studying sociology at Roehampton. Our department is rated one of the best in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research.

The Sociology extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Sociology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

Sociology is about exploring the building blocks of society. It’s the study of the connections that bind us together: families, organisations and social groups. 

This degree will help you understand how societies are created and how they change. You will learn how educational attainment, ethnicity, gender and geography all play a part in people’s place in society, including the resources they accumulate and the networks they build. You’ll leave with a different view of other individuals and the world around you.  

We offer exciting modules to fit with your interests. Contemporary Urban Life, for example, involves debates on the condition of urban life and includes a field trip where your impressions of the city will be discussed and analysed. Other modules such as Becoming a Sociologist offer opportunities to develop valuable, hands-on skills for your career, as you analyse the world through focus groups, interviews and surveys. 

Overall, there’ll be many opportunities to gain practical experiences as preparation for work. You will leave with the tools to continue developing your analytical thinking, and your communication and leadership skills.

How you will learn 

This course is taught with a strong practical approach, enabling you to apply your everyday experience to key issues and gain critical thinking skills that will help you understand the theories that underpin the topics covered.  

Our expert teaching staff will develop your knowledge of what shapes society, considering issues such as politics, inequality, religion, the environment, human rights, family, identity and the economy.  

You will explore issues through the context of health and illness, race and ethnicity, power and politics, crime and deviance, and culture and communication. 

 The Department of Social Sciences hosts the internationally-recognised Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research, which focuses on research in international relations, human rights, citizenship and migration. You will be part of a department driven by innovative research and benefit from our excellent national and international links. 


Foundation Year

  • You will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as An Invitation to Sociology.
  • This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Social Sciences which is essential for success in your degree.

Year one 

  • Learn to think critically about the world around you, understand the historical origins of sociology as a discipline, and develop a strong foundation for the broad range of subject areas that make up society. 

Year two 

  • Hone your core sociologist skills.  
  • Study specific areas that interest you.  
  • Learn sociological theory and methods, and study optional modules exploring contemporary urban life, the media and relationships. 

Year three 

  • Undertake independent study and paid or voluntary placements. 
  • Choose from optional modules such as Understanding Globalisation, the Sociology of Death, Food and Society, and Reproduction and Parenting.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Approaches in Sociology and Criminology
An Invitation to the Social Sciences

Year 1

Single Honours

Compulsory modules 
Making Sense of Society
Understanding Social Change
Becoming a Sociologist
Practising Sociology

Other modules 
Sociology and Everyday Life
Society and Justice

Combined Honours

Compulsory modules

Becoming a Sociologist
Making Sense of Society
Understanding Social Change

If you are combining Criminology with Sociology, you are required to take the following modules:

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminology: Theories, Concepts and Ideas
Becoming a Sociologist 
Making Sense of Society 
Understanding Social Change
Society and Justice

Year 2

Single and Combined Honours

Compulsory modules
Researching the Social World
The Sociological Imagination

Optional modules
Contemporary Urban Life
Media in Contemporary Society
Intimacy and the Self
Difference and Diversity
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights
Organising for Work
Education and Society
Constructing Social Problems
Living in a Mobile World: Migration, Diversity and Transnationalism

Year 3

Optional modules
Gender Sexuality and Human Rights
Active Citizenship 
Sociology of Music
Psychoanalysis and Society
Global Justice, Security and Society
Digital Society
Doing Social Research

Research modules
Doing Social Research
Independent Study: Special Ethnographic Project
Independent Study: Dissertation


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.

Sociology develops essential skills for working in a variety of industries and businesses including the government and charities. You could build a career in the criminal justice system, community development or social work. You could also work in the media, campaigning, marketing, public relations or as a development officer. 

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. 

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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