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Overview Understand how people interact in the social world.

UCAS code


Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time


Explore how the individual and the social environment influence each other. Understand how identities, choices and actions are shaped by interactions with others as well as by society and culture.

Delve deep into the significance of personality, values and mind and their interplay with social activity. Learn how to think critically and craft arguments - attributes valued by employers.

You’ll be taught by acaemics actively involved in research that changes the world from the UK’s number one ranked Sociology Department for research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014) - and you'll get to use your skills to carry out research in an area you’re are passionate about.


"The strong support I received from the staff throughout my course and their willingness to listen to student opinions is what I believe makes Sociology at York so excellent."

Hannah, BA Sociology with Social Psychology Graduate, 2015

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We are the UK's top Sociology Department for Research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Course content What you’ll study


The course progresses from broad to specialist topics and comprises two thirds Sociology modules and one third Psychology modules. You'll develop a sociological perspective on how identities, choices and actions are shaped by technologies, sexuality, institutions, culture, and interactions with others.

You will develop preferences and expertise in the following years, leading up to your 10,000 word dissertation.

Teaching is led by our research covering real-world issues, and there are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.

Year 1

In the first year you are introduced to core aspects of Sociology and Social Psychology through the following four core modules:

  • Cultivating a Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance‚Ä®
  • Introducing Social Psychology

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll take specialist Social Psychology modules and gain grounding in research methods. You will also get to pursue your own interests selecting two optional modules from a wide range of subjects.

You'll take two core modules:

  • Critical Perspectives on Social Psychology
  • Social Research Methods

You'll also take two optional modules from the following:

  • Contemporary Political Sociology
  • Gender, Sexuality and Inequalities
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Popular Culture, Media and Society
  • Divisions and Inequality: Race and Ethnicity, Class and Religion

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Year 3

You’ll study an advanced Social Psychology module alongside a Social Psychology inspired dissertation based on your own research.

  • Contemporary Research in Social Psychology
  • Dissertation

You'll also select a further three module options from the following:

  • Analysing Doctor-Patient Interactions
  • The Racial State
  • Body, Identity and Society
  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Cinema, Cities and Crime
  • Art, Tastes and Stratification
  • The Global Transformation of Health
  • Humans and Other Animals
  • Paranormal in Society
  • Sociology of the North
  • Birth, Marriage and Death
  • Migration and Tourism
  • Morbidity, Culture and Corpses
  • Emotions in the Social World

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course. In Year Three you can study in Europe for a semester as part of our Erasmus programme at:

  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Konstanz, Germany
  • University of Trento, Italy

The University's exchange scheme also allows you to study abroad further afield in North America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

"At the end of my first year I got the opportunity to travel to New York City, making fabulous new friends and getting to study a great course at Mount Holyoke College over the summer."
Kate, BA Sociology with Social Psychology Graduate


Many of our students organise work placements out of term time in an area that interests them. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you. Previously, students have taken part in work-experience projects at North Yorkshire Youth Commission, York Crown Court and Refugee Action York. 

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically under 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor provides support and guidance throughout your studies, offering weekly feedback and guidance hours.

Research-led teaching

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of diverse sociological areas - such as science and technology, language and interaction, culture and new media, gender and sexuality, health, medicine and the body, urban studies and criminology. As world-leading experts in their field, our staff are internationally recognised thought-leaders, and our expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.


Your first year work doesn't contribute toward your final degree classification. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop during the first year of their degree.

From Year Two onward, formal assessments contribute toward your final degree mark. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.

  • Assessments range from essays to group presentations and portfolios to examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be on a sociological topic that interests you. An academic supervisor will support you through your research.


94 per cent of final year students said their experience in the department has been enhanced by the quality of the teaching on their course as well as the enthusiasm of our lecturers (latest NSS).

Careers Where you’ll go from here

Over 80 per cent of our graduates are working or in further study six months after completing their studies. Many of them secure jobs as a result of their first-hand experience from their internships and work placements.

One of the biggest myths about Sociology degrees is that they are non-vocational. In fact, a degree in Sociology successfully prepares you for many different careers.

Our graduates forge successful careers all over the world. Some go on to work in criminal justice, the media, and education – others in social research, health and welfare services, and the charity sector.


Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by sectors including:

  • Criminal justice, policing and law
  • Social research
  • Education
  • Media and creative industries
  • Health and cultural services
  • Charity sector


Transferable skills

As a Sociology student, you’ll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. You’ll develop skills in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively
  • Considering different viewpoints

Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you'll have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to lots of different industries.

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Mature students are welcomed and applications will be considered individually.

How to apply

A-levels and GCSEs


Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
AAABB at Higher Level
AB at Advanced Higher Level

BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM.

Information on other qualifications



International options

Irish Leaving Certificate

European Baccalaureate
An overall average of 75%

International Baccalaureate
34 points overall

Country-specific information

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally asked to provide evidence of English language ability. Exceptions may be made where an applicant's other qualifications provide sufficient evidence of ability to use English in an academic setting at degree level.

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 5.5 in all units or equivalent

Other accepted tests and qualifications

Unistats for this course

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