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Sociology (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • 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

  • Location:


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UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

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Studying Sociology with us allows you to develop your understanding of how humans shape and are shaped by the societies they live in. You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary sociological themes and issues whilst learning to apply sociological concepts on a global scale.

This course explores the latest sociological questions and their methodological implications. We offer a degree that focuses on academic excellence, high standards of methodological training and empirical professional experience.

Updated 17/05/2021


  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • International field trip opportunity.*
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see eligibility criteria and terms and conditions).

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Course Content

  • On the course you will explore topical societal questions such as:

    • How do we shape our own identities?
    • How are social inequalities represented in our culture and media?
    • How do different ideas of the future influence our lives?
    • How have ideas of love and intimacy changed throughout history?
    • How can we understand race, ethnicity and migration after Brexit?
    • How does our physical environment influence our lives and societies?

    Core Sociology modules in the first year provide you with a foundation of knowledge and understanding in the subject, ensuring you get to grips with key sociological issues, theories and concepts.

    In the second year the focus is on the theory, practice and application of research methods, with an opportunity to put your social research and reflection skills into action in a variety of settings in the field. You also have the chance to develop your knowledge further in various areas of Sociology, such as race and ethnicity, culture, health, bodies and sex, and identity formation.

    In your final year you have the opportunity to research and investigate a sociological topic of your choice in detail, and a dissertation supervisor (who you meet regularly) supports you in the process. In addition, you also have the chance to explore more complex sociological theories and concepts in areas such as the future, death, power, and the environment.

    • In your first year you will usually receive 12 hours per week of dedicated teaching support, as well as additional staff support and guidance.
    • In year two typically a minimum of 10 hours of teaching per week is provided, supported by one-to-one and group tutorials, and you will have greater flexibility to shape your study schedule.
    • In your final year eight hours of classroom-based teaching per week is usually provided and you will also meet regularly with your dissertation supervisor(s).


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

  • Here are the following course combination available to you:


    UK study | International study

    Find out what other courses and combinations we offer on our Joint Honours page.

    • Standard entry requirements apply.
    • A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
    • We welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
    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.

  • 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.

  • Placements

    In your second year you have the opportunity to develop your employability skills through a work, volunteering or social action placement, where you conduct sociological research or reflection in the field. This allows you to put your methodological knowledge into practice, alongside building crucial skills to prepare you for the world of work.

    In the past, our students have completed placements in a variety of settings, ranging from educational institutions, charities, community organisations and youth groups, to the NHS, MPs’ offices, local councils, and companies in PR and marketing, HR, retail, and so on.

    Opportunities abroad

    We also value the significance of understanding different cultures and for that reason there is an opportunity in the second year of the course to participate in an International Field Trip*, allowing you to learn about how different societies function and apply theory to real-life scenarios.

    In the past, our students have travelled to New York, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Athens, and on a ‘Brexit Tour of Europe’. The field trip is optional. For a five to seven day visit, the cost of the trip will be no more than £1,000.

    *Please see our situation update webpage for the latest information.

  • How will I learn?

    Our approach to teaching and learning combines face-to-face teaching with carefully crafted digital experiences*, designed to help you take control of your own learning. Typically, you will study in small, interactive group sessions, where you learn through interactive, teamwork and problem-solving activities, and have a range of online resources and materials at your fingertips.

    *Please see our situation update webpage for the latest information.

    How will I be assessed?

    The Sociology assessments are regularly praised by our external examiners as being imaginative and varied. Assessment methods used on this course include:

    • essays
    • portfolios
    • case studies
    • journal articles
    • seen and unseen exams
    • presentations
    • research projects
    • posters and pamphlets.
    How will I be supported in my career ambitions?

    The University of Northampton is a Changemaker campus, which means that there’s an emphasis on supporting you in achieving your career and study ambitions. As well as the placement opportunity in your second year, employability skills are built into the course throughout the three years, so that you are consistently building the skills that you will need to prepare for the world of work.

    Our students have pursued careers in fields ranging from education, youth work, charities and community organisations, to PR and marketing, media and journalism, HR and management, as well as social work, politics, and social research.

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Careers and Employability

The skills, knowledge and competencies that you will develop equip you for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have pursued careers in areas such as teaching, research, social work, community organisations, local government, and Human Resources.

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