Sociology study in the UK

Sociology in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Sociology.

UK Sociology Courses

Introduction to Sociology

Sociology is a branch of social sciences and studies the origins of society, its development, organisations and institutions. Sociology uses methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity, structures and functions. Focussing on social class, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, social mobility, religion and law, a degree Sociology in the UK may also be combined with accounting, economics, finance and marketing.

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Sociology has been taught in the UK since 1904 and over the course of the degree you will develop logical thinking, critical evaluation, literacy and expression, negotiation and problem solving skills. Sociology modules will cover the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim as well as social change, social policy and crime and society.

Careers in Sociology

Sociology graduates will find employment in the media, local government, market research, management, housing and education.

Sociology Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 32 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: ABB.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any one component.
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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Sociology in the UK?

To learn more about the best Sociology courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Sociology universities in the Guardian University Guide 2017 below:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Glasgow
  3. University of Bath
  4. Lancaster University
  5. University of Durham 
  6. University of Surrey
  7. University of Edinburgh
  8. University of Exeter
  9. University of Leicester
  10. University of Warwick

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