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Sociology and Psychology (Joint Honours)

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    3 years full-time
    4-6 years part-time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 (per 20 credit module)

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

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Within this Joint Honours you will develop a critical understanding and insight into contemporary sociological themes and issues. You can choose from a range of specialist areas within Sociology and gain thorough training in research methods.

Psychology is more concerned with the understanding of people’s actions and mental experiences, it explores the nature of human behaviour and experience in various way in which they can be studied. You will focus upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in present-day psychology and considers the applications of psychology to problems of modern life in such fields as work, education, physical and mental health and crime.

Professional Accreditation: British Psychological Society (BPS)*

Updated 25/11/2020


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Course Content

  • The combination of the two subjects provides depth and width of understanding of the relationship between the two areas.

    Sociology is an exciting and relevant subject, which will provide you with a range of practical and academic skills that are highly valued in today’s job market. We will help you to establish a solid basis in the fundamentals of Sociology as a discipline, as well as offer you a considerable range of specialist modules that give you the chance to pursue your own particular interests. This course gives you a taste of the world of work and allows you to apply your sociological skills in the ‘real’ world.

    Stage one

    You will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both courses. Year one explores the introduction of Sociology and Psychology through compulsory modules and provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for you to advance to year two.

    Within Sociology you will learn to use your Sociological Imagination, as well as be introduced to key sociological concepts and perspectives related to identities and inequalities.

    The three modules for the Psychology section of the course are Introduction to Psychology, Becoming a Psychologist and Psychology in  Practice.

    Stage two

    The second year takes you into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding Sociology and Psychology.

    In Sociology, the second year builds on the conceptual foundations, knowledge and skills acquires in year one. You will explore how sociological research is carried out and will be able to apply these methods to real-life scenarios within society. You will also have the opportunity to take an international field trip module, as well as a placement module that includes skills-based workshops to enhance your employment prospects.

    Within Psychology, stage two provides a wide range of ten credit and 20 credit modules enabling you to study a number of core areas in detail, with sufficient flexibility to select according to your interests and career plans.

    Your final choice of modules will be partly determined by the specific award you choose. To become eligible for the British Psychological Society membership, you would complete the following ten credit modules and the 20 credit Research Methods and Data Analysis. You will consider a deeper analysis of their modules using professional theoretical research in their subject areas to supplement learning, growth, development and knowledge.

    Optional modules for Psychology include:

    • The Human Animal
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Social Psychology.

    Stage three

    If you have an even split on your course, you can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within your Joint Honours programme. The dissertation builds on and expands your prior knowledge of research methodology acquired at stages one and two. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require you to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes.

    At this stage, you will also have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of Sociology and Psychology that you find particularly interesting.

    In Sociology, you will have the option to explore more complex sociological theories and concepts in areas such as the future, death and complexity.

    You can select from the wide range of advanced Psychology modules on offer. There are modules on each of the applied psychological professions such as forensic psychology and clinical psychology. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology. Psychology majors typically undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a Psychology lecturer.


    Sociology module and Psychology programme module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be:

    • BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    However, we welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    We welcome applications from anyone with a lively interest in Sociology or issues of crime and justice who is prepared to pursue and develop that interest through reading and study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • This joint honours programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* and can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    *Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount  on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:

    MSc Public Sociology 

    MSc Psychology 

    MSc Counselling

    MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH)

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

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Careers and Employability

Sociology and Psychology graduates go on to employment in education, the health service, the police force, youth offending teams, human resources management, marketing, social and caring services, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.