Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) – 2024 entry
Start date: September 2024
|Award||UCAS code||Course duration|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: LL23||3 years View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: LL25||4 years with foundation year View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: LL24||4 years with professional training View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: LL26||5 years with foundation year and professional training View KIS data set|
Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.
|Course||UCAS code||Institution code|
|BSc (Hons) with professional training||LL24||S85|
|BSc (Hons) with foundation year||LL25||S85|
|BSc (Hons) with foundation year and professional training||LL26||S85|
Why choose this course
At a time of growing inequality, polarisation, and social and political unrest, how can political institutions address 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 course will introduce you to the most important social policy questions in the UK, around Europe, and the world, and explore how those who make decisions impact on others.
Along the way you’ll be able to address the social and political issues behind the biggest debates in contemporary society.
We are ranked 7th for Sociology and 9th for Politics in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.
Our award-winning Professional Training placements prepare students for roles in industry.
We were shortlisted for University of the Year in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.
What you will study
Our BSc Politics and Sociology 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’ll 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’ll split your time equally between politics and sociology, developing a sound understanding of both disciplinary traditions and cultures.
Politics research seminars
The Department of Politics sponsors a regular seminar series 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. The seminars may also include insights from practitioners; from overseas politicians to activists. All members of the University and wider public community are welcome to participate.
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.
Recent graduates from the Department of Politics have secured roles such as:
- Outreach Manager, House of Commons
- Funding Manager, Latsis Organisation
- Researcher, Department for Exiting the European Union
- Press Officer, People’s Vote UK
- Graduate Intern, Deutsche Bank
- Commercial Real Estate Manager, Wells Fargo
- Market Research Manager, GfK
- Business Development Executive, Screenpages Ltd
- Researcher, Westminster Forum Projects
- Graduate Intern, Ipsos MORI
- Corporate Finance Advisor, Department for Transport
- Bid Analyst, Serco Ltd.
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.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Politics and the Department of Sociology.
Academic year structure
Our BSc Politics and Sociology offers a range of compulsory and optional modules from both the Department of Politics and Department of Sociology to enable students to gain a comprehensive grounding in the two disciplines at the same time as tailoring their studies to their specific interests.
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follow clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Please note: The full module listing for the optional Professional Training placement part of your course can be viewed on the relevant programme specification.
|TACKLING SOCIAL ISSUES||Compulsory||Year-long|
|CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN LAW||Compulsory||1|
|CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SOCIOLOGY||Compulsory||1|
|CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN POLITICS||Compulsory||2|
Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3
For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Politics and Sociology programme.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Choose 2 Politics modules and 2 Sociology modules
Optional modules for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5
Choose 2 Politics modules and 2 Sociology modules
|PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK)||Core||Year-long|
|PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (WORK-STUDY 50/50)||Core||Year-long|
|PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR STUDY)||Core||Year-long|
Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year
Students must choose 1 of the above 3 modules.
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
The Department of Politics ranks 1st in the UK for academic support, 2nd for learning opportunities and organisation, 3rd for learning resources and 4th for learning community in the National Student Survey 2022.
We’re proud of our students and committed to their success. Our teaching is innovative, interactive, and practical, with a focus on building critical faculties and transferrable skills. We get to know our students on an individual level, providing ongoing feedback inside and outside of the classroom to enable them to achieve their potential.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We use a wide range of authentic assessments, in addition to more traditional academic essays and exams. Students learn to write for decision-makers through strategy reviews and policy papers, provide precise and concise analysis in the form of diplomatic notes, and communicate ideas effectively in documentary film scripts.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
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Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
International entry requirements by country
Other international qualifications
If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year at the Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree course.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an offer holder event. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course.
During a foundation year you’ll learn about your chosen subject, develop your study skills and get acquainted with university life. On successful completion of your foundation year, you’ll be ready to progress to the first year of your degree course.
The programme aims to provide you with knowledge of social science concepts, theories, ideas and tools. Furthermore, we want to help you develop your ability to apply this knowledge and the skills you have acquired, to the solution of theoretical and applied problems in the social sciences.
The foundation year will equip you with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems associated with social science policy-making in a global context.
By the end of the programme you will be familiar with ethical frameworks and their repercussions for decision-making, as well as a range of generic skills that will be of value in your future career. These skills include:
- Team working
- Independent research skills
- Building an empathetic mindset, social awareness and capacity of intelligence-based decision making
Enhancing employability through a developing awareness of the workplace and associated skills.
Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.
Recognition of prior learning
We recognise that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts.
If this applies to you, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process may allow you to join a course without the formal entry requirements or enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.
There are restrictions on RPL a for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information.
Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2024
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BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)
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BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
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- Professional training
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BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)
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- Professional training
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View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2023/24 academic year Professional Training placement fees.
Our award-winning Professional Training programme offers you the option to spend a career-enhancing year in industry, either in the UK or abroad. We have thousands of placement providers to choose from or you can source your own placement.
Most placements are paid, and we will support you every step of the way.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Politics and sociology placements
The distinguishing feature of our degree courses is their focus on application. You’ll be taught how to apply theoretical understandings of politics and sociology to world events and issues. We’ll also equip you with the skills necessary to find a placement.
The aim of our Professional Training placement is to provide you with first-hand experience of how politics and economics operates in practice. Our students have completed placements in the voluntary sector, government departments, MPs’ offices, international organisations and the private sector.
Recent placement providers for the Department of Politics include:
- Bank of England
- Department for Environment and Rural Affairs
- Glaxo Smith Klein
- House of Commons
- House of Lords
Applying for placements
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Study and work abroad
Studying at Surry opens up a world of opportunity. We want you to take advantage of our international partnerships, explore the world and expand your skills for the graduate job market.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
View our study and work abroad information to find out more and see where you can go.
It is possible to spend half or all of your third year on study exchange with one of our partner universities. These include:
- La Trobe University, Australia
- Monash University, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- University of Wollongong, Australia
- Brock University, Canada
- Aarhus University, Denmark
- Copenhagen University. Denmark Sciences Po Aix, France
- University of Mannheim, Germany
- Maastricht University, Netherlands
- Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Singapore Management University
- Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain
- California State University, US
- George Mason University, US
- North Carolina State University, US
- Texas Tech University, US
- University of Maryland, US
- University of North Carolina, US
- University of North Texas, US
- University of Virginia, US
- Virginia Commonwealth University, US
- University of Bologna, Italy
There are lots of advantages to taking part in an exchange scheme. You could discover a new culture and live in a new country while experiencing new teaching practices and approaches to politics and international relations.
You’ll also acquire a fresh perspective on your subject matter that can significantly improve your performance in your final year.
Terms and conditions
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Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.
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Course location and contact details
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.
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