How should we deal with educational failure, crime, racism, poverty, homelessness? Why do inequalities related to gender, race and class persist? What role should identity, family, community and the nation state play in our globalising world?
If you have asked yourself such questions, then a degree in sociology or social policy may be the right choice for you. These two closely related disciplines focus on social institutions, social inequalities and social transformations.
Sociologists explore identity, representations, power and interaction in society, while social policy academics consider people’s needs and how they are met (or not) by the state and the market.
Transferable skills are an integral component of our programmes, making our degrees highly relevant and valued in today’s evolving job market. Our graduates are well placed in government, policing, teaching, retail, voluntary organisations and media-related careers.
Typical entry requirements
A levels: ABB, or BBB with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification. All applicants require a minimum of grade C in GCSE mathematics and English.
IB: 32 points, 16 at higher level
Degree | UCAS code | Duration
BA Philosophy and Sociology* | VL53 | 3 years
BSc Web Science | 3 years
BSc Sociology | L300 | 3 years
BSc Sociology and Social Policy | LL34 | 3 years
BSc Sociology with Anthropology | L3L6 | 3 years
BSc Sociology and Criminology | LL63 |3 years
BSc Social Policy and Criminology | LL64 | 3 years
- Ranked third in the UK (RAE, 2008)
- Taught by leading researchers in the field
- Outstanding training in research methods
- Flexible programmes offer options across a range of other disciplines
- Employability workshops and lectures in all degrees
- Opportunity for work placements and study overseas
Our programmes enable the highest levels of intellectual engagement to help you develop a range of transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of graduate careers. You will build a combination of practical, analytical and evaluative skills that will equip you for posts across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
For information on scholarships, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/scholarships.
Located at Highfield Campus
*Located at Highfield and Avenue Campuses