3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
ABB (full entry requirements)
September 2019 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2019/20)
£17,120 per year (2019/20)
Examine how our actions are shaped by our social environment and explore the values, ideas and beliefs people hold, and the lives we live.
Understand how social, economic, political and cultural forces shape individuals. Challenge your views on topics debated in society and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers.
You’ll be taught by academics actively involved in research that changes the world, in the UK’s number one ranked Sociology Department for research*, and use your skills to carry out research in an area you are passionate about.
*Times Higher Education's assessment of REF 2014.
The Complete University Guide ranks us in the top 20 UK Sociology departments.
The Department of Sociology is first in the UK for research quality (Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)
There's such a range of interesting modules within Sociology at York, and each one of them is taught by passionate lecturers. It's a great feeling to know that you're being taught by academics who are at the very cutting edge of research. At the same time, I've always been encouraged to carry out my own independent research wherever possible.Melissa, BA Sociology. More student views.
Our teaching is led by our research, covering real-world issues. Core modules in your first year will introduce you to the breadth of Sociology. You'll study the sociology of science, communication, sexuality, health, criminology and media. You'll explore how technologies, gender, institutions, culture, and interactions with others shape our identities, choices and actions.
As you progress, you'll develop specialisms and expertise, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation.
You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year. We also offer a four year course which includes a year abroad.
In Year 1, you'll be introduced to classic and contemporary social theory, criminology and social psychology. You will learn the skills sociologists need, such as presentation and writing skills, while having your sociological imagination inspired and challenged.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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 Year 2 you'll study one core module and choose three option modules.
Choose three of the following modules:
In your final year, you'll choose four option modules, allowing you to follow your interests or investigate a new area of study. You'll also design and undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
There are so many themes to the course. I've gone from learning about crime and gender, to examining areas like the role of the paranormal in society, and art, taste and social stratification. In my dissertation I focused on the cultural relevance of the TV show The Simpsons - it's been fascinating to learn how something so seemingly unimportant can actually influence our society!Robin, BA Sociology
The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.
You may choose to buy textbooks, but this is not required. You may also incur some minor costs through occasional printing or photocopying, and the production of your final year dissertation.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
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.
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 their expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||216 hours||144 hours||108 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Department of Sociology on Campus West. You will be taught at a variety of locations across Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
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.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
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.
Many of our students organise work placements out of term time, for example at North Yorkshire Youth Commission, York Crown Court and Refugee Action York. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you.
One of the biggest myths about Sociology degrees is that they are non-vocational. In fact, a degree in Sociology 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 work in social research, health and welfare services, and the charity sector.
Our graduates are highly sought after by sectors including:
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:
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.
Every Sociology student has the opportunity to study abroad - I chose to travel to Cape Town to see how society was adjusting to democracy 20 years after Apartheid. I saw first-hand how people were trying to make a difference to their communities with very few resources. I found out a lot about myself and picked up transferable skills that I can now apply to my studies at home.Amy, current BA Sociology student
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 15 credits achieved from units awarded Merit or higher|
|BTEC||BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, M2, M2|
|European Baccalaureate||An overall average of 75%|
|International Baccalaureate||34 points overall|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AAABB|
If you achieve a C or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
Mature students are welcomed and applications will be considered individually.
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