Our BSc Sociology degree will broaden your horizons, and equip you with all the tools you need to analyse an ever-changing world.
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
BSc (single honours)
BSc (combined honours)
September 2022 entry: 112 points
We are ranked the 3rd university in London for Sociology (Complete University Guide 2020).
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.
93% of Roehampton Sociology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2018 results).
We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Course and Module Details
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.
You will 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'll 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.
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.
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 school 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.
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.
Here are some examples of the modules that we are currently offering:
If you are combining Criminology with Sociology, you are required to take the following modules:
Single and Combined Honours
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
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, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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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.
This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
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.
How to apply
How to join us in January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
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, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
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.
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 want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, 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 you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
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.
My name is Mark McCormack, I am a Professor of Sociology and I teach on the sociology and criminology degree programmes.Read More
My name is Mark McCormack, I am a Professor of Sociology and I teach on the sociology and criminology degree programmes. I am really interested in understanding how societies change related to issues of gender and sexuality, and my research explores this in a range of contexts. Recently, I interviewed drag performers to understand how decreasing homophobia and Rupaul's Drag Race has impacted on their lives and careers. I also work with The Loop who pioneered drug safety testing at English festivals, and my research examines how drug use and sexual practices are related in this context. I have been at Roehampton four years, and I love the campus, the atmosphere and the commitment to social justice.
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