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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) Integrated Foundation Year £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Studying Sociology with us provides you with an exciting and up-to-date curriculum that allows you to gain a critical understanding of contemporary social issues at local and global levels.

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.

Updated 02/02/2021


  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • Optional International field trip module.*
  • 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

  • If you have a passionate interest in the problems of the contemporary world and their possible solutions, if you are intrigued by the way our own identities are shaped and moulded, or if you simply want to know what makes society ‘tick’, then studying Sociology with us may be the right choice for you.

    You will gain a thorough grounding in research methods and will be provided with plenty of opportunities to practically apply your knowledge to different scenarios. In the second year of the course you may have the opportunity to take an a field trip module, as well as a placement module that includes skills-based workshops to enhance your employment prospects.

    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.

    Contemporary themes and issues included on our modules start from our own, familiar setting in Britain to embrace more general European and American concerns as well as global issues. You will have the opportunity to explore the following themes and issues throughout the course:

    • gender issues
    • youth cultures
    • the impact of new technology
    • the power of the mass media
    • racism
    • the problems of crime in contemporary Britain
    • the ups and downs of relationships in the modern world or the politics of global relations.


    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.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • 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.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Our assessments are regularly praised by our external examiners as being imaginative and varied. Assessments used on this course include essays, seminar portfolios, seen and unseen exams, internet-based exercises, group presentations, research projects, and academic posters.

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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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