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Sociology BA (Hons)

About the course


The focus of the Sociology degree is the scientific study of societies; how they are organised and how they change, and it can help us see our society in a different light.

This course enhances your practical understanding and sound knowledge of health, politics and government; and by applying scientific methods, it uses sociological theories and research to find solutions to societal problems. This is called sociological practice.

Why study Sociology at DMU

  • One of the few sociology courses in the UK which is applied, so that the expertise you gain can be applied directly in the workplace after graduation
  • Can be combined with Politics so you can study 50 per cent of two subjects; broadening your range of career opportunities
  • Volunteering opportunities allow you to become actively involved within the sector, enhancing your learning experience
  • Develop an extensive range of transferable and analytical skills, as well as an appreciation of empirical research
  • One of the largest teaching and research teams in the UK with expert staff who will help you to understand some of the important issues relevant to society today.
  • *100 per cent of graduates seeking to enter employment or further study are successful within six months of graduating earning an average salary of £24,950. 

*(DLHE 2012/13)

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Key facts

UCAS course code: L300

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2015 entry


  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 280 points from at least of 2 A levels with a subject at grade B or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

International Baccalaureate : 28+

Access to HE Diploma (started after September 2014)
Pass Access qualification. The GCSE requirement is still under review. An update of our entry requirements will be given on our website and on UCAS as soon as it is available.

Interview : No

Work Experience : No

International Students
If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is required.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

If your course has a surplus number of applications to choose from after the UCAS equal consideration deadline the additional criteria that will be used as a basis for selection is:

  • Qualifications
  • Academic performance
  • The relevance of A level course subjects
  • Personal statement.

Please note that if you are applying with non-standard qualifications you may be required to attend an interview.

Teaching and assessment

Our diverse range of teaching styles bring the subject alive and help you achieve your best, including; lectures, student-led seminars, workshops, group work, e-learning, guided reading, problem solving and visiting speakers, as well as tutorial support to guide you in the learning process.

A strong research profile allows our experienced team to provide you with expertise in areas including young people, experiences of black and minority ethnic groups, health, crime and justice, gender, caring and globalisation. Assessment takes place through methods such as essays, group projects, oral presentations, phase tests, exams, case studies and final year dissertation.

Contact hours normally consist of 10–16 hours, and you are expected to undertake approximately 28 hours of self-directed study per week.

If you study Sociology as a joint subject contact hours will normally consist of five to eight hours per week, and approximately 14 hours of self- directed study per week. You will be required to undertake a similar amount of hours for the other side of your chosen joint.

Course modules

In the first and second year the focus is on a range of different perspectives in sociology to provide a broad understanding of the discipline. For example, gender, ethnicity, the family, work, sexuality, health, age, social class, religion and the environment.

First year

  • Introduction to Globalisation provides an introduction to the study of Globalisation; a background for understanding the world that is important everyone, particularly those taking Globalisation modules in the third year. The module uses an inter-disciplinary approach (history,geography, politics, economics,sociology, anthropology and others) to focus on the study of a number of current themes/issues, but it seeks to do more than simply understand these topics. It also uses them as a vehicle to study more abstract ideas
  • Developing a Sociological Imagination 
    helps you to understand a broad range of social concepts and theory related to the study of ‘society’ and the ‘social’
  • Social Problems and Social Policies 
    challenges preconceptions about the modern day experiences of different population groups (such as children, young people, the rich, criminals) by exploring the experiences of these groups in the past and the role of the state
  • Introduction to Social Research 
    introduces you to the principles and practice of research.

Second year 

  • Identity and Culture in a Social World 
    explores how identity is socially constructed and the relationship between identity and culture
  • Diversity and Social Inequalities 
    examines various dimensions of diversity and inequality in contemporary society
  • Contemporary Social Theory 
    allows you to engage with the main current theories in sociology and how they can be applied to developments in contemporary societies
  • Applied Social Researchequips you with a critica lunderstanding of the principles and processes of social research.

The final year offers an opportunity to do either a Library-Based Investigation or a Research Project exploring an interesting sociological question of your choice and in addition, we offer a wide range of optional modules to suit individual interests and aspirations.

Third year

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Crime in Late Modernity
  • Power, Politics and Morality
  • Globalisation and Democracy
  • Social Exclusion and Health
  • The Social Context of Work and Organisations
  • Ethnicity, Health and Health care
  • Feminisms and Masculinities
  • Gender, Health and Health Care

Sample timetable

Below is a sample timetable for a first year [Course Title] student.

The timetable as an idea of the types of classes you may attend and an indication of contact hours per week. You will be expected to complete at least [X] hours of self-directed study in addition to these schedules classes.

Sample Timetable

Work experience and placements

Our strong links within the sectorallow you to put theory in to practice beyond the classroom, developing your practical, professional and transferrable skills, and enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Although there are no formal opportunities for work placements, you will be encouraged and fully supported to participate in voluntary opportunities in the sector throughout the duration of the course. Our links with international universities may allow for international study opportunities through our dedicated Erasmus scheme.

Graduate careers

Sociology is relevant to a range of local, provincial and national governmental career paths including; community development and research, working with NGOs, consultancies and state agencies across a range of sectors:

  • Child welfare
  • Health
  • Land
  • Housing.

A degree in Sociology is also well respected in related fields such as:

  • Journalism,
  • Social work,
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Social policy development.

We also offer a range of postgraduate courses to further enhance your professional development.

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Fees and funding

Fees 2015

Full-time £9000
Part Time
6 Year Course £3950
Band 1 £11,250

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Recent investment of £8 million into our first-class teaching and learning facilities, develop your practical experience and enhance your employability upon graduation.

At DMU you will benefit from 24 hour access to our fully equipped library and Learning Zone for focused group and independent study.

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How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website ucas.ac.uk|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website ucas.ac.uk or via the contact details below.

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