Combined Honours



In a rapidly changing world, an understanding of contemporary societies and pressing social issues has never been more important or worthwhile.

Studying sociology is an opportunity to look at the social processes that shape people’s lives, not just in Britain but across the globe.

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001)

Subject summary

The scope of sociology is wide and challenging. Your study might include looking at:

  • the relationship between individual and society
  • how societies are socially divided
  • as well as what holds them together

You will bring a critical approach to evidence and argument – using a ‘sociological imagination’.

This means you will learn to look beyond the taken-for-granted accounts of daily practices and society, and to develop the skills to evaluate research.

By studying sociology you'll analyse, explain and interpret.

You'll also develop excellent verbal and written communication skills, which will be invaluable after your graduation and future career.

Taught within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, relations between our staff and students are relaxed and informal.

We have more than a dozen full-time lecturing staff, with expertise in:

  • sociology
  • anthropology
  • economics
  • political science

Our staff are all research-active, which invigorates our teaching. The quality of our teaching has been recognised as ‘excellent’ in the most recent national teaching quality assessment exercise.

We're committed to maintaining this high standard with ongoing reviews and evaluations.

You may also be interested in finding out about the activities of the Sociology Society.


There are no pre-requisites to studying sociology as part of your Combined Honours degree.  


Modules in sociology draw on current research and address many pressing social concerns, such as:

  • homelessness
  • work and unemployment
  • environmental issues
  • racism
  • crime, violence and abuse
  • gender, health, ageing and sexuality

For more information on the modules available, visit the Sociology Modules List.

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing sociology as part of your Combined Honours degree, just email us.

You can also contact our subject adviser for Sociology.