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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).
  • Roehampton's BSc Sociology achieved the rare accolade of 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2020 NSS, plus a further 100% score for our learning resources.
  • We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • 93.8% of Roehampton's Sociology students said they were satisfied with their teaching in the 2020 NSS.
  • We are ranked the 3rd university in London for Sociology (Complete University Guide 2020).


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

Our BSc Sociology degree will provide you with a deep understanding of how societies are created and how they change over time. Throughout the course, you will learn how educational attainment, ethnicity, gender and geography not only play a part in people’s place in society, but shape their perception of it as well.

During your three years at Roehampton, you will be offered a wide range of modules so you can specialise in your specific, sociological interests. You could explore issues through the context of race and ethnicity, power and politics, culture and communication, or all of the above.

The course is taught with a strong practical approach, enabling you to apply your lived and everyday experiences to key issues. We will foster your critical thinking skills, and offer opportunities for you to develop valuable, hands-on skills for your career, as you analyse the world through focus groups, interviews and surveys.

Our teaching staff are leading academics and experts in their field, and are dedicated to developing your knowledge of what shapes society, considering issues such as politics, inequality, religion, the environment, human rights, family, identity and the economy. You will be part of a department driven by innovative research and benefit from our excellent national and international links.

Roehampton’s Professor Mark McCormack teaches on our BSc Sociology degree and is also the author of a high-profile text book Discovering Sociology, used by degree students throughout the UK. Professor McCormack is just one of many thought leaders teaching on the course, and his work is often cited in the press, shaping debate on a national and international scale.

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.

Roehampton is ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research, while our BSc Sociology course received 100% for both student satisfaction and learning resources in 2020’s National Student Survey, illustrating how you will be given every opportunity to excel and thrive during your time here.

There has never been a more important time to understand how societies are changing and evolving at rapid pace. Our BSc Sociology degree will broaden your horizons, and equip you with all the tools you need to analyse an ever-changing world. 

Year one 

  • In your first year at Roehampton, you will begin to learn how to think critically about the world around you, understanding the historical origins of sociology as a discipline.
  • You will begin to develop a strong sociological foundation by understanding the broad range of subject areas that act as building blocks for society, as well as the concept of social change.
  • You will be introduced to the practical elements of ‘doing’ sociology, equipping you as you begin to analyse and assess the world around you as a sociologist.

Year two 

  • Continue to hone and develop your core sociologist skills as you begin to study specific areas that interest you.
  • You’ll develop as a social scientist by furthering your understanding of sociological theory and research methods.
  • You will also have a wide choice of optional modules allowing you to specialise further and explore topics such as intimacy and the self, contemporary urban life, the sociology of childhood and migration, diversity and transnationalism.

Year three 

  • Building on the knowledge and practical skills you have developed on the course, you will undertake independent study or participate in a supervised research project.
  • You will also focus on the construction of social surveys and the subsequent analysis of results, providing you with an excellent grasp of indispensable skills in contemporary sociology.
  • Further optional modules such as Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights, Digital Society and Global Justice, Security and Society will allow you to specialise further and explore new ways of thinking

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

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 not-for-profit sector. A deep understanding of how societies are built and shaped can also springboard you to roles in the criminal justice system, community development and social work. The careers that Sociology graduates embark on are often varied. You could also work in the media, for a campaigning organisation, or in marketing and public relations. We are proud that 93% of Roehampton Sociology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018 results).

Our dedicated 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 Roehampton 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.

Robert Busfield

Robert Busfield

My name is Robert Busfield and I’m the Programme Convener for the sociology programme. Sociology is based in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I completed my first degree at Roehampton (a long time ago!) before returning to complete a PhD and I’ve been teaching here for over twenty-five years. I teach across all three years of the sociology undergraduate programme on modules such as Sociology & Everyday Life, Media in Contemporary Society and Doing Social Research. I’ve been involved in research projects that cover a whole range of areas from marriage preparation classes to school dinners. My main research interests are human relationships with technology and companion animals. Most recently I’ve been researching how game developers manage their interactions with their customers. I enjoy being part of the community of students and staff at the University of Roehampton and the outstanding campus.

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.

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

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