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Social Sciences: Sociology, Social Policy & CriminologyPart of Social Sciences

L3L6 BSc Sociology with Anthropology

This degree offers a chance to understand and appreciate the rich complexity of human life in the 21st century while exploring two disciplines within an exciting and unique fusion of debates that explore human life.

Over recent decades the world has become connected by new global networks of communication and travel that allow us to begin to understand how other people live, and sometimes struggle, through their everyday lives. This starts to bring sociological and anthropological concerns to our own lives without us even realising it. This degree allows you to intellectually continue this process of learning in a fascinating journey through both sociological and anthropological perspectives.

Sociologists and anthropologists together investigate processes that influence social organization and human behaviour in a variety of settings and aspects of modern life including family, religion, political systems, working lives, human relationships, communication systems, social policy, migration, differing sexualities, gender relations, and community. Both disciplines together offer you a unique way of considering the impacts of social inequality, ethnic and racial tension, poverty, class differences, and how social change affects human life; sometimes for the better, and sometimes otherwise.


Introducing your degree

Study human life in all its cross-cultural complexity with the combined disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology. This degree provides students with an understanding of the issues of modern societies through the world, while valuing the importance of cultural diversity.
Modules include: Exploring Other Cultures, Transformations of the Modern World, Sexuality and Intimacy, Cosmology, Ritual and Belief, Research Skills, and numerous optional modules to further enhance your future career trajectories. Graduates pursue diverse career paths including national and local government, social services and the charity sector, teaching, business, and postgraduate research.


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In each academic year we offer space in your timetable to either choose more sociology or anthropology modules, or to select modules from the wider University to enhance your degree, your CV and your developing career plans or your postgraduate future. Some of our sociology-based modules (prefixed with SOCI module codes) also include anthropological content.

You will also have the opportunity to apply and compete for a semester of tuition overseas in one of our exchange University partnerships. In three years you will build a combination of practical, analytical and evaluative skills that will equip you for a broad range of careers across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

  • To provide you with a knowledge of central theoretical and methodological issues in the study of sociology and anthropology
  • To provide you with a detailed knowledge of selected areas of social and cultural life, and of patterns of stability and change within these areas
  • To develop your capacity for the critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence in the fields of sociology and anthropology,and for the application of such perspectives and evidence in your own work
  • To develop your capacity to undertake independent enquiry into aspects of social and cultural life, using appropriate methodologies
  • To develop your skills in written and oral communication, in the use of information technology, in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative information, in cultural sensitivity and in working co-operatively in groups to achieve designated outcomes in ways that will be beneficial both for your studies and for your future employment in a wide range of occupations or postgraduate study
  • To develop your ability to work independently in identifying and analysing the subject of your enquiry

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To Apply

Programme Structure

The programme is normally studied over three years full-time, but may be taken on a part-time basis for a period of not less than four and not more than eight academic years. Study is undertaken at three levels (each corresponding to one year of full-time study). The programme is divided into study modules, eight being taken at each level, four in each semester. Each module has a credit value of 15 CATS (7.5 ECTS) and each level has a total CATS credit value of 120 (60 ECTS).

Key Facts

Social science research draws on a number of major disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, criminology, sociology and areas of social policy, each of which contributes to our understanding of the social world in different ways.

Our exciting curriculum is delivered by experts from across the social sciences who are working at the forefront of their fields.

Employability workshops and lectures.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Subject requirements

No specific subjects are required as the first year of the programme is designed to give you a basic knowledge of relevant social sciences disciplines.


GCSE maths and English at grade C or above.

A Levels:

ABB; for applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification, an alternative offer of BBB with an A in the EPQ will be made.


32 points overall, 16 at higher level

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5.

Please note that we cannot accept applicants from Greece on the basis of the Apolyterion alone; it must be supplemented by A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

All students are required to have GCSE grade C in English and mathematics.

Where feasible, you will be called for an interview. You may find it helpful to discuss your plans with us before applying through UCAS. This will allow you to make sure your chosen course is right for you and give you time to pursue additional academic qualifications if required.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.


Selection process:

We usually make our decisions based on your UCAS form alone. Only candidates who require special consideration, for example on grounds of age or non-standard entry qualifications, are interviewed. We welcome applications from under-represented groups and from those with qualifications other than A-levels.



Please note:

In exceptional circumstances we will consider applicants for direct entry into the second year if they have met the entry criteria and have already completed part of the course at another institution. Please note that such requests are considered on an individual basis and at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor. We do not accept applicants for direct entry into Year 3.


This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content



Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Learn a language

Year 1

Optional modules

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will chose 3 modules in Semester 1. Your available optional modules can be sociology and social policy modules, but they may come from disciplines across the University for example anthropology, criminology, demography, economics, politics and international relations, social statistics modern languages, law, psychology, physics, history etc.

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 2

In your second year you will take four compulsory modules. In these you will study in detail qualitative and quantitative methods in order to be well prepared for your final year when you will conduct your own research as part of your dissertation. You will also study social theory and belief systems of different cultures. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take four optional modules from a list, two in the first semester and two in the second. These will come from a broad range of social science disciplines: sociology and social policy, anthropology, criminology, education, geography.

Year 3

In year three you will study different societies from a comparative perspective and you will be concerned with two important areas of human experience and anthropological study: sexuality and intimacy. You will also conduct your individual research project in a double-module dissertation. In addition, you will be asked to chose four modules from a wide range of options, most of which will be taught in student-led seminars.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc Sociology with Anthropology 2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations will be submitted online. However, in some cases students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
PlacementsIncluding Study Abroad Programmes: Social Sciences partners with academic departments in a number of other countries to provide study abroad opportunities. Please contact the International Office for information about the expected costs of participating.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include optional visits (museums, conferences, prisons [Criminology]). You will normally be expected to cover any costs such as travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

The skills you will acquire are in high demand. Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in education, local or regional government, social work, international organisations, the third sector and the media.

Read more about the careers and employability support we offer.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching activities designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding, subject-specific intellectual skills and transferable skills:

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars designed to facilitate group discussions of issues, concepts and theories associated with social sciences.
  • Small group discussions based around case study material.
  • Group discussions and practical exercises which enable you to reflect on your accumulation of appropriate knowledge and skills.
  • Practical workshops which provide hands-on experience of using a range of methods of collecting and analysing data and enable you to assess these methods based on your own and others’ use of them.
  • Statistical workshops which enable you to understand statistical techniques and the use of statistics in the social sciences through practical examples.
  • Computer workshops which give you practical experience of how to process, store and analyse data using appropriate software.
  • Research skills workshops which facilitate discussion, peer review and support, and self reflection on the appropriateness of your own research (dissertation) proposal and intended methodological and theoretical approaches.
  • Dissertation workshops designed to promote discussion, peer review and support, and reflection on your dissertation at different stages in the research process.
  • Dissertation tutorials which provide you with one-to-one discussion with your dissertation supervisor on issues connected with your research.
  • Individual or small group presentations.
  • Independent study.
  • Workshops, seminars and lectures built into teaching modules linked to Employability matters and career futures through all three years of study.

Assessment methods designed to test your achievement of the learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge and understanding, subject-specific intellectual skills and key skills:

  • Essays.
  • Review papers (in which you are required to critically review one chapter-long article of relevance to the module using a range of additional sources).
  • Formal, unseen end of module examinations.
  • Library exercises and workshops designed to ensure that you have attained basic skills of library usage and appropriate presentation of academic material.
  • Statistical exercises (to assess your understanding of statistical concepts and practical techniques).
  • Dissertation proposal (which will assess your ability to formulate an appropriate research question, identify appropriate method(s) of data collection and present a short literature review of selected sources likely to be relevant to the research topic).
  • Dissertation (which assesses your ability to undertake independent, in-depth study of an area of sociology and/or anthropology).
  • Group research projects (which assess your ability to work with others in the production of a shared output).
  • Case study review (in which you are asked to interpret or critically comment on the material contained in the case study).

Please note that modules beyond sociology and anthropology may use other forms of assessment.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understanding you can develop during your studies. They include but extend beyond your knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are important because they equip you for the challenge of contributing to your chosen profession and may enable you to take a leading role in shaping the society in which you live.

The University of Southampton identifies a set of undergraduate attributes that aspire to support graduate employment. We offer you the opportunity to develop these attributes through your successful engagement with the learning and teaching of your programme and your active participation in University life. The skills, knowledge and personal qualities that underpin the Graduate Attributes framework are supported by your discipline. As such, each attribute is enriched, made distinct and expressed through the variety of learning experiences you will experience. Your development of Graduate
Attributes presumes basic competencies on entry to the University.

Global Citizenship
Global Citizens recognise the value of meaningful contribution to an interconnected global society and aspire to realise an individual’s human rights with tolerance and respect.
The Sociology with Anthropology degree puts transnational and global issues at the centre of its teaching philosophy and emphasises the importance of a culturally sensitive approach to learning about social and cultural life. Our students also benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the Division of Sociology and Social Policy. The Division includes Sociologists, Social Policy specialists, Criminologists and Anthropologists.
We are also committed to comparative approaches which help students to understand the similarities and differences between societies and cultures. We run a strong Erasmus and Exchange programme which allows our students to spend a semester abroad to broaden their horizons and learn about other societies in Europe and beyond. We also have strong links with the Web Science undergraduate degree and the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre.

Ethical Leadership
Ethical Leaders understand the value of leading and contributing responsibly to the benefit of their chosen professions, as well as local, national and international communities.

Sociology and Anthropology tackle subjects such as social justice, racism, economic disadvantage and cultural diversity. These encourage students to think about how decisions affect humans at every level of society and what might be done to improve such decisions. Ethical Leadership is also encouraged through student-centred learning and the requirement to lead discussions and group projects.

Research and Inquiry
Research and Inquiry underpin the formulation of well-informed new ideas and a creative approach to problem resolution and entrepreneurial behaviours.

Social Science students are trained in research methods from the first week of their degree and continue through to graduation. The training is designed not just as a means of conducting degree-level research, but also to form the foundation of future research. The ability to formulate new ideas and the ability to test and analyse innovative concepts forms the core of our degree programmes.

Academic attributes are the tools that sustain an independent capacity to critically understand a discipline and apply knowledge

Independence of thought is a key requirement of sociology with anthropology students and critical thought is embedded in the curriculum. Sociology, anthropology and Social Science in general, combines intellectual rigour with its practical application.

Communication Skills
Communication Skills encompass an individual’s ability to demonstrate knowledge, and to express ideas with confidence and clarity to a variety of audiences.

Our students are required to pursue the highest standard of communication. Through essays and reviews, to seminar discussion and presentations, Sociology with Anthropology students are able to express complex ideas with clarity. We also develop digital communication skills using social media and web based communication tools.

Reflective Learner
The Reflective Learner is capable of the independent reflection necessary to develop their learning and continuously meet the challenge of pursuing excellence.

Students are encouraged to think about how the modules they take relate to the real world and how they might help them improve their employability. Our modules, and the programme as a whole, are structured so that students are able to build on their knowledge base through their three years of study, culminating in their dissertation. Students are also encouraged to identify what further help they need in order to improve their work.

Refer to  for descriptors of each attribute.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study19%19%13%
Independent study81%81%87%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment46%30%8%
Practical exam assessment0%3%5%
Coursework assessment54%67%87%

Study Locations

Hartley Library

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