Sociology BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
As the world grows more complex, so does the challenge of understanding the intricate ways in which contemporary societies work. Study sociology at Surrey and you will join one of the UK’s most prestigious sociology departments where we will encourage you to apply your intellect to the study of large-scale social trends, the significance of key social institutions and the subtleties of everyday behaviour, lifestyles and identities.
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for sociology, with our sociology programmes ranked top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
What you will study
Our rigorous, varied and highly enjoyable BSc Sociology programme is delivered by world-leading experts who keep the content and approach up-to-date.
Using a range of teaching and assessment methods we put your learning into context and include individual and group projects that will enable you to make your own new contributions to the discipline.
We will share our renowned knowledge of research design and methodology, allowing you to become an expert in observation, interviews, statistics and textual analysis.
You will also develop a detailed understanding of sociological explanations for micro and macro social processes across a range of absorbing topic areas.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||L300||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||L301||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.
Our Professional Training placement programme gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment whilst receiving training and undertaking projects with real responsibilities.
Companies and organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
- British Red Cross
- Suffolk County Council
- Stonewall Housing
- Government Social Research
- IFF Research
- Surrey County Council
- Cyprus Green Action Group.
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.
Sociology graduates are found across a wide range of occupational areas, with the skills they acquire useful in many different roles.
However, many are attracted to careers that enable them to directly use aspects of their degree studies, applying what they have learned and the skills gained at university.
This centres on an interest in society and the challenges and demands that members of a society face.
Our course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs which require the ability to analyse complex issues and reach policy conclusions.
Our graduates are in a strong position in the job market because they have good analytical skills, are numerate and communicate well.
Depending on what kinds of courses you concentrate on, you can use sociology to develop expertise for a range of different occupations. Specifically:
- It provides the knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a professional degree in the public sector, business, education, health and medicine, social work, or counselling
- It offers preparation for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration
- It provides the strong research skills preparation needed for positions in business, social services and government
- It is a first step for future graduate study in sociology and allied disciplines in order to become a researcher or lecturer.
Given the broad education that a degree in sociology offers, one of its virtues is flexibility in the job market. Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Learning Mentor and Therapy Assistant, St Dominic's School
- Learning Support Assistant, St Luke's School
- Police Constable, Metropolitan Police
- Community Investment Coordinator, AXIS Europe
- Communications Officer, Kent Police
- Mental Health Recovery Worker, Creative Support
- Digital Marketing Assistant, Mirror Max Media.
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.
You have the opportunity to spend the full academic year on an exchange study placement at the University of Maryland in the US, replacing your second year at Surrey.
Depending on your preference, you may decide to choose one of our European partner universities, such as Copenhagen University (Denmark), with Erasmus+ funding for one or two semesters of your Professional Training placement.
We also have exchanges with:
- Nanyang Technological University
- Singapore Management University
- Seoul National University
- University of Cincinnati
- North Carolina State University
- University of Central Florida
- University of North Texas
- Texas Tech
- Monash University
- La Trobe University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- University of Victoria, Wellington.
If you are more interested in a professional experience, you could have the chance to work for a partner organisation in a foreign country.
The advantages of participating in such exchanges are numerous. Of course, it is an exciting experience but it is also the chance for you to enhance your academic and professional profile.
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.
"Studying Sociology allows you to think about what you are learning in a different way to many other subjects, and allows you to link these ideas with the world around you, both in the past and present day."
"I have grown to be a more confident and adaptable person, surrounded by a community of supportive individuals at the University of Surrey."
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.