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Sociology BA (Hons)

About the course


We are currently not taking any further applications for the Sociology BA for the 2016/17 academic year.

The Sociology degree focuses on the scientific study of societies; how they are organised and how they change. The course enhances your practical understanding of health, politics and government and through sociological practice, applies scientific methods while using sociological theories and research to find solutions to societal problems.

Reasons to study Sociology at DMU Leicester

  • 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
  • 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
  • A strong research profile shapes and informs our teaching ensuring your learning is relevant to the most up-to-date issues, initiatives and debates in the sector
  • 96 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 2013/2014)

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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


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

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


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
Further information about BTEC equivalencies|

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

English language requirements:
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning| (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international |for more information. 

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, includes:

  • Lectures
  • Student-led seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group work
  • E-learning
  • Guided reading
  • Problem solving
  • Visiting speakers
  • Tutorial support to guide you in the learning process

A strong research profile allows our team to provide you with expertise in areas including:

  • Young people
  • Experiences of black and minority ethnic groups
  • Health
  • Crime and justice
  • Gender
  • Caring
  • Globalisation 

Assessment takes place through methods such as:

  • Essays group projects
  • Oral presentations
  • Phase tests
  • Exams
  • Case studies
  • Final year dissertation

Contact hours are normally between 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
  • Environment

First year

  • Introduction to Globalisation - provides an introduction to the study of Globalisation; a background for understanding the world that is important to 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 and 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 Research - equips 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

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.

Learn more about graduate employability and careers|

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
6 Year Course £3,950
Band 1 £11,750

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Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences| has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

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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 or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

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