• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Everybody has their own ideas about society, but how do we gain an accurate picture of what is really happening? Studying Sociology (Hons) at University of Derby will help you to analyse and understand the dramatic and diverse changes affecting our lives today.

You'll look at key approaches to social dynamics, politics and culture, consider how the modern world has developed and where it’s going, and explore how we can bring about change for the better.

You can choose fascinating topics which encourage you to think critically and ethically. You’ll find yourself discussing a broad range of social trends, including controversies around social inequality, race and ethnicity, politics, the nature of evil, and the cult of celebrity.

The course is structured around the key avenues of crime and justice, culture and belief, and politics and social justice - which you can combine to match your own interests.

You'll be taught by experienced teachers who are specialists in their field and whose research is opening up debates about some of the most pressing issues facing society today. Our staff are in demand for their expertise, regularly appearing in the media, publishing journal articles and delivering conference papers in the UK and overseas.


Sociology offers a wide range of skills and insights, so it’s no surprise to find our graduates enjoying success in a variety of careers. The analytical ability and research skills you develop on this course can be applied in many different job roles. 100% of sociology graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating  *Destination of Leavers Survey 15/16.

By studying Sociology as a Joint Honours subject, you will broaden your scope in the job market. It will set you apart as a flexible, adaptable and highly organised graduate, while enabling you to apply for an even wider variety of jobs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Understanding Society: Themes and Issues in Social Theory
  • Researching Society 1: Methods and Analysis
  • Patterns of Inequality
  • Making the Modern World: From Colonialism to the Welfare State
  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Understanding Crime and Deviance.
  • Researching Society 2: Aims, Design, Ethics
  • Capitalism, Culture and Class: Social Theory in Classical Modernity
  • Sociology in the World 1: Putting Sociology to Work
  • Researching Society 3: Statistics in Social Research
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • The Sociology of Childhood and Youth
  • Race, Racism and Cosmopolitanism
  • Religion and Society
  • Urban Sociology
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Society, Government and Policy 

                                                          English Language Requirements

                                                          You need the following IELTS score:

                                                          • Minimum required score:


                                                            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                                          Academic Requirements

                                                          General Requirements

                                                          Typical entry requirements:
                                                          • UCAS points 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                                          • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
                                                          Alternative entry qualifications:
                                                          • BTEC - DMM
                                                          • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

                                                                    Tuition Fee

                                                                    • International

                                                                      13250 GBP/year
                                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                                      Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                                    • EU/EEA

                                                                      9250 GBP/year
                                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                                      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                                                    • Part-time UK/EU students - £1,155 per module

                                                                    Living costs for Derby

                                                                    • 540 - 860 GBP/month
                                                                      Living Costs

                                                                    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                                                    • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                                                    • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                                                    • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

                                                                    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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