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Sociology BA Honours

  • UCAS code: L300
  • Full time
  • 3 years

Sociology at Newcastle will help you to look beyond the every day to challenge and understand the social world we live in and how it shapes our lives.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21000

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This three-year degree equips you with the knowledge base and practical skills of a sociologist. You'll be trained to think about the world with a clarity that employers value.

You will explore cutting-edge sociological theories and research to understand social life, the way the social world works and how it can be changed for the better. You will gain a solid understanding of sociology and learn from leading research that addresses various contemporary societal challenges, such as refugees and displacement, multiculturalism and British identity.

A wide variety of optional modules will allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, from childhood, race and ethnicity, class and sexuality, to critical perspectives on policing and security

Your learning will be informed by the latest research from our academic staff, helping you to gain a solid grounding in cutting-edge sociological theories.

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Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

You will take a set of core modules in which you will be introduced to the fundamental principles and methods of Sociology. You will learn how to think about the world with a 'sociological imagination', explore key social issues, and apply your learning in the field to make sociological sense of everyday life.

The programme includes an introduction to Anthropology which continues in stages 2 and 3 through compulsory and optional modules. You will also choose an additional module within sociology or beyond.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Comparing Cultures: An Introduction to Anthropology 20
The Sociological Imagination: An Introduction to the Discipline 20
Knowing in Sociology: An Introduction to Theory, Methods and Epistemology 20
Understanding Everyday Life 20
Investigating Inequalities and Crime 20
Optional Modules Credits
Politics and Society 20

About half of your time will be spent studying core modules on social theory and receiving practical hands-on training in research methods.

You can then choose optional modules – on subjects such as health, childhood, anthropology, refugees and criminology – so that you can begin to shape your degree according to your interests.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Understanding Social Change and Transformation 20
Researching Social Life 20
This is How We Do It: Sociology Research Design and Proposal 20
Optional Modules Credits
Career Development for second year students 20
Comparing Cultures: Big debates 20
Sociology of Crime: Social Control in Neoliberal Societies 20
Sociology of Health and Illness 20
Refugees and Displacement: Borders, Camps, and Asylum 20
Identity and Difference in Multicultural Britain 20

You will specialise and shape your final year to your specific interests by only taking modules of your own choice.

You will also undertake original sociological research that you define, design and conduct in the form part of a dissertation.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation in Sociology 40
Optional Modules Credits
Advanced Career Development module 20
Regulating Sexuality 20
Critical Approaches to Policing and Security 20
States of Mind: Sociology and Mental Health 20
Exploring city life: an introduction to contemporary urban anthropology and sociology 20
Student Exchange 40
Investigating the Body 20
Class in Everyday Life 20
Racism and Society 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You will learn through lectures and seminars – and in some modules these are supplemented with short field trips. You will devote around 10 hours a week to large and small group study, and you'll supplement this with a maximum of 28 hours’ private study.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reflective report/journal

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Studying sociology will equip you with skills such as critical thinking, and the ability to analyse complex data and conduct social research. You will also gain communication, organisation and problem-solving skills.

Throughout your degree, you will be encouraged to work independently and in groups to take on practical assignments, fieldwork challenges, hands-on workshops and problem-solving exercises. This will help you to develop skills that are highly sought after by many employers.

Business skills

In our Stage 2 career development module, you can take an assessed work placement with a local organisation such as FoodCycle or the Great North Children's Hospital.

You'll be specifically trained to think in a way that many types of employer are looking for. You will be able to:

  • work as part of a team
  • breakdown complex problems
  • apply a variety of specialist research methods
  • analyse data of any kind
  • weigh up options
  • make evidence-based decisions
  • communicate well on paper and in person

Research skills

You will benefit from practical training in research methods such as ethnography, sampling, questionnaire design, statistical analysis, qualitative interviewing and focus groups.

In your final year, you will then conduct independent research into a topic of your choice and present your findings in a dissertation of 10,000 to 13,000 words.


Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You may choose to spend either one or two semesters on an international exchange at a partner institution. The exchange usually takes place at Stage 3 with either the first semester (September to January) or the full year being the period of the exchange.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment


You will be based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

This is housed in the newly refurbished Henry Daysh Building, right at the heart of our city-centre campus, where you will attend lectures, take part in seminars, and have access to one of the University's largest PC clusters. 

You will also be given free access to install and use SPSS – the professional-standard software for statistical analysis.


You will join a friendly community where the academics will get to know you as an individual, and there are active student-run societies for Sociology.

You will also have a student mentor to show you the ropes, and a personal tutor to help with any academic and pastoral issues.

Your future

Read what our graduates have to say about studying Sociology at Newcastle University

As a Sociology graduate, you will be specifically trained to think critically and strategically, something that many employers desire. You will be able to break down complex problems, apply a variety of specialist research methods, analyse data of any kind, weigh up options, make evidence-based decisions and communicate well on paper and in person.

Our graduates can be found working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors – especially in fields that involve a focus on people. These include the Civil Service, education, human resources, information technology, journalism, marketing, public relations and social work.

Others choose to progress to postgraduate master's-level courses in teaching, media studies, social research, international politics and law.

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Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

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Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

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Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BA Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

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International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)


Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.


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