Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
At a time of growing inequality and increasing social and political unrest, it’s important to understand how political institutions can address some of the more deeply rooted problems in society. Our BSc Politics and Sociology course will let you discover and understand the interactions between social and political trends.
Our sociology courses are ranked top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
What you will study
This course will provide you with extensive knowledge of the interactions between ideology, policy making, power and social structures. Looking at social policy from the perspective of political institutions, as well as the sociology of political structures, you will engage in a range of debates about the nature and impact of ‘social problems’.
Moreover, the study of policy making in practice will provide you with an overview of opportunities and constraints affecting the way that policy is formed and implemented.
You will split your time equally between politics and sociology, developing a sound understanding of both disciplinary traditions and cultures.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||LL23||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||LL24||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Politics and Sociology placements
All our BSc programmes have the option of a Professional Training placement after your second year. You can either take a politics and sociology-related work placement or study politics and sociology overseas, or a combination of the two.
In all cases, the placement will allow you to apply and develop your understanding, as well as discover new approaches and elements.
The distinguishing feature of our degree programmes is their applied nature. You will be taught how to apply theoretical understandings of politics and international relations to world events and issues. Additionally, we will equip you with the skills necessary to find a placement.
The aim of our Professional Training placement is to provide you with a chance to experience first-hand how politics operates in the ‘real world’, at a voluntary sector organisation, a government or local authority department, an MP’s office, or an international organisation.
Current placement providers include:
- House of Commons
- Surrey County Council
- Metropolitan Police
- British Embassy
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Aon plc.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
- Community Investment Coordinator, AXIS Europe
- Communications Officer, Kent Police
- Events Coordinator, AQA Education
- Education Officer, Department for Education
- Graduate Intern, Ipsos MORI
- Business Developer, Eve Sleep
- Trainee Accountant, Menzies Corporate Finance.
In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to study for masters degrees in a range of programmes and countries. We are also proud of our record of alumni who have continued education up to doctoral level and become academic scholars in their own right.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
It is possible to spend your third year on study exchange with one of our international partner universities. These include:
- La Trobe University
- Monash University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- University of Queensland
- University of Wollongong
- Brock University
- The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Aarhus Universitet
- Kobenhavns Universitet
- UInstitut d'Etudes Poliques d'Aix-En-Procence
- Otto-Friedrich-Universitat Bamberg
- Universitat Mannheim
- Universita degli Studi di Bologna 'Alma Mater Studiorum'
- Republic of-Seoul National University
- Universiti Malaya (UM)
- Maastricht University
- Victoria University of Wellington
- Nanyang Technological University
- Singapore Management University
- California State University
- George Mason University
- North Carolina State University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Maryland
- University of North Carolina
- University of Virginia
- Virginia Commonwealth University.
If you choose to study at a European partner, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
There are lots of advantages to taking part in a study exchange, including exposure to a different culture and the challenges of living in a new country, and the opportunity to learn a new language and experience new teaching practices and approaches to political science and international relations.
These challenges and experiences ensure that you will emerge from the year abroad with increased self-confidence and widened employment opportunities that derive from your improved language competencies and communication skills.
You will also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that significantly improves performance in your final year.
Politics research seminars
The Department of Politics sponsors a regular research seminar series, which meets every two weeks during term-time and brings together academic staff and postgraduate and undergraduate students from the University.
These research seminars provide a forum for the presentation of cutting-edge research papers and increase awareness among our students about developments in diverse themes of research in the field today.
We regularly invite high-profile UK and international scholars to present their work, and we encourage discussions with the audience. All members of the University and wider public community are welcome to participate.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
"Surrey can open doors for you because it is a great course at a fantastic university."
"I relished the challenges and adventures my placement brought. This job and time in Cape Town taught me so much about the practical realities of politics and how the international theory we learn about in lectures plays out in reality."
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.