Published: 20 November 2018

Five reasons to study sociology at Surrey

Subject leaders from our Department of Sociology reveal what makes our degrees in sociology, criminology and media communication different, and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

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1. Research-inspired teaching

The Department of Sociology has an outstanding, internationally-recognised research reputation. You’ll be taught by passionate academic staff that are at the forefront of their respective fields, ensuring you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge of the sector.

All of our teaching staff are research active and they bring their research into the classroom. You’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of modules that reflect the unique expertise, specialisms and cutting-edge research of our academic staff, including modules in Prisons and Prisoners, Cybercrime, Global Media and Communications, Hate Crime, Policing and the Police, Sexuality, and Exploring Environmental Crime.


2. Professional Training opportunities

All of our courses provide you with the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement, either in the workplace or studying abroad. Our Professional Training placement programme gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment whilst receiving training and undertaking projects with professional responsibilities.

Recent students have gone on to secure placements at organisations such as British Red Cross, Suffolk County Council, Stonewall Housing, IFF Research, the Metropolitan Police, HMP Coldingley, Cyprus Green Action Group, Surrey County Council and Government Social Research Group.


3. Industry Links

You'll benefit from our industry links through guest lectures, trips and networking and research events, such as our ‘Showcasing Sociology’ Week, which includes panels, guest lectures and careers events improving your professional networking and employment opportunities. The event also celebrates the latest research undertaken by our staff, as well as guest published researchers ensuring that you are kept up to date with the latest developments in the sector.  

Recently, our students have visited the Museum of Immigration, HMP Send, Guildford Crown Court and the City of London Police Museum, as well as receiving talks from industry experts from Fever PR and Kidscape.


4. Preparing you for Success

Developing the skills and knowledge key to professional environments is central to our approach. From the start of your course, we’ll develop your practical, investigative and research skills, preparing you for a wide range of jobs, which require the ability to analyse complex issues and reach effective policy conclusions. You'll also develop your quantitative and qualitative research skills to ensure that you’re prepared for the working world. We will encourage you to apply theory and empirical knowledge to current issues and encourage you to develop a deeper critical understanding of the subject.

We want to give our students the very best critical skills needed for the modern workplace and to produce confident graduates who will be leaders in whatever job or further study they undertake. These skills make our graduates highly employable across a broad range of industries and organisations, spanning both the public and private sectors.

Recent Surrey graduates have secured employment in roles with schools, Metropolitan Police, Office for National Statistics, Axis Europe, Creative Support, The Access to Justice Foundation and Mirror Max Media.


5. A supportive community

The Department of Sociology is a warm and friendly community of staff and students. You'll benefit from the interdisciplinary approach we take to teaching and we pride ourselves on building successful graduates who are able to think critically, applying theoretical knowledge to current issues.

Our academic staff are hands-on with their teaching and have an open door policy, ensuring that you are supported in your learning, both inside and outside of lectures. If you choose to undertake a Professional Training placement, our departmental placement tutor will assist you with workshops and seminars, helping you prepare for the working world and ensuring that you have the skills you need to find your placement. You'll also benefit from a personal tutor providing one-on-one academic, professional and pastoral support.


Find out more about our sociology, criminology and media communication courses.

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