Undergraduate Extended DegreeSociology (extended degree)

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The Foundation year of this programme is subject to validation*

  • This Sociology BSc will challenge the way you think about society to build your understanding and develop your insight into the global issues of today.
  • 91% of Roehampton Sociology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE, 2017 results).
  • We are ranked 3rd in Sociology among all London universities (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Over half our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


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 course will help you understand how societies are created and how they change. You will learn how educational attainment, ethnicity, gender and geography affects 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. This course is taught with a practical approach, enabling you to apply your everyday experience to key issues and to gain critical-thinking skills that help you understand the theories that underpin these issues. 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.

Modules include Contemporary Urban Life, which involves debates on the condition of urban life and includes a field trip where your impressions of the city will be discussed and analysed. In Becoming a Sociologist, you will have the opportunity to develop the required skillsets for your career by analysing our world through conducting focus groups, interviews and surveys.

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. This means you will study in a department driven by innovative research and will benefit from its excellent national and international links. The department is ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

There will be many exciting opportunities to gain practical experiences to prepare you for your career. You will leave the course having developed your communication and leadership skills, and your analytical thinking.

During the 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.

In your first year, you will 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 sociology.

In your second year, you will build your skillsets further to hone a sociologist’s core skills. You will also have the opportunity to study specific areas that interest you. You will learn sociological theory and methods, and study optional modules exploring contemporary urban life, the media and relationships.

In your final year, there will be opportunities for independent study and placements in either voluntary organisations or paid jobs. You can also 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

English Academic Skills 1
English Academic Skills 2
Mathematical Functional Skills Essentials
An Invitation to Sociology
Approaches in Sociology and Criminology
Citizens, Law and the State
Research, Reasoning and Legal Tools

Year 1

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

Optional modules
Sociology and Everyday Life
Society and Justice

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Researching the Social World
The Sociological Imagination

Optional modules
Contemporary Urban Life
Londonopolis—Exploring the Global City
Media in Contemporary Society
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
Food and Society
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Gender Sexualtiy and Human Rights
Active Citizenship and Political Socialisation
Psychoanalysis and Society
Global Justice, Security and Society

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 needed for working in a variety of industries and businesses including the government, and charities. 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, in the criminal justice system, as development officers or in marketing and public relations.

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by the end of June in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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.