3 years full-time
Philosophy and Sociology complement each other, giving you a deeper understanding of human behaviour, social norms, morality, and the workings of the mind. You will study some of the greatest and most influential thinkers whilst exploring the relationship between self and society.
Taught by world-leaders in their fields, this exciting and challenging degree will cultivate valuable skills in critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, creative problem-solving and communication, equipping you for a wide range of careers.
Philosophy and Sociology appealed to me because of the range of topics covered throughout the three years.Beth, Third year Philosophy/Sociology 2015
Studying Philosophy is an engaging yet demanding activity that will challenge your thinking, giving you a greater understanding of your own nature and that of the world around you. In Sociology you will build on this by exploring issues such as globalisation, inequalities and social change and how these relate to individual and social identities.
Benefiting from the expertise of two large and diverse departments you have a wide range of options to choose from. We offer modules in all the central areas of Philosophy and Sociology and you can tailor your degree to reflect your own areas of interest. The exact course structure, and the modules we offer, may vary from year to year.
In first year we will ensure that you gain a firm grounding in Philosophy by teaching you how to study, think and write philosophically and develop your skills in reasoning and argument. We will introduce you to some of the central areas of Philosophy and challenge you to form your own opinions about the bigger questions. In Sociology, you will be introduced to core elements of the subject, including sociological methodology and key concepts.
Our current modules include:
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:
In the second year you'll choose from:
These will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year.
You can also choose from a range of Sociology modules - note that these will change year to year - that will challenge you to think critically about issues in contemporary society.
Current modules include:
In the third year you can specialise further, choosing from a wide range of modules based in our latest research, and supported by subject experts enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests.
Course structure may vary in future years. Our current students choose two Philosophy and two Sociology modules, then:
or a combination of:
Current choices in Sociology:
Current choices in Philosophy:
There are a number of Study Abroad options for Philosophy/Sociology students - in Europe, North America and further afield. Some of the many opportunities are described here:
Sociology was ranked 1st in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 96 percent of the Philosophy Department's research activity was rated as 'internationally recognised' in the same review.
Studying Philosophy and Sociology, you need to be an active participant in your own learning, asking questions and evaluating your own thoughts, beliefs and responses. You will take part in discussions with your peers and academic staff and develop your knowledge and skills through:
Every member of staff has a 'Feedback and Advice Time' every week, and students are actively encouraged to use this opportunity for one-to-one contact and informal discussion.
You will be assessed by a combination of essays and examinations, critical literature reviews, exercises that test analytical skills, research methods exercises and the extended Sociology dissertation. We give feedback on your ideas in class, and provide written feedback on all your submitted work.
Both the Philosophy and Sociology Departments are incredibly welcoming. Everyone I've spoken to, from lecturers to reception staff, has always been friendly and helpful.Jhansi, Second year Philosophy/Sociology 2015
Philosophy and Sociology develops skills that are in great demand by employers and graduates have a lot of choice when it comes to which career path they follow.
Previous Philosophy and Sociology graduates have gone on to a range of careers including:
Studying Philosophy and Sociology develops skills highly sought after by employers including:
Some graduates go on to further study. Of our recent graduates, around 30% have gone on to further academic study or professional training in areas including law and journalism.
Apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Decisions are usually made on the basis of the UCAS form, although in some cases we may invite you to interview.
A level: AAB or equivalent (A*BB, A*AC)
We will accept General Studies or Critical Thinking, but not both.
Scottish Highers: AAAAB at Higher level
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD
Cambridge Pre-U: D3 D3 M2
Access to HE Diploma: 30 credits at Distinction and 9 at Merit or higher
Please enquire about other UK qualifications.
International Baccalaureate: 35 points
Please enquire about other international qualifications.
IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
Pearson PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): grade C