Sociology with Study Abroad, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English (book IELTS)


This course follows the same structure as BSc Sociology, but with an additional year spent abroad.

The year abroad is an exciting opportunity to experience and study a different society and culture from a sociological perspective.

Why study Sociology at Bristol?

Bristol is home to some of the UK's leading sociologists, with research strengths in citizenship, multiculturalism, gender, family, migration, theory and culture. All staff contribute to teaching on our undergraduate degrees.

Sociology courses at Bristol are located within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, giving them an international flavour and making you part of a larger group of peers with interests in both the social and the political.

On our Single Honours Sociology course, you have the chance to spend a year or a semester on the study abroad or Erasmus schemes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Key Social Thinkers
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Social Identities and Divisions
  • Doing Social Research
  • Two open units from another subject area, usually from within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Second year
  • Conceptualising the Social
  • Investigating the Social
  • A free choice of four 2nd year Sociology units from a range of options
Third year

Year abroad; you will take units chosen from those offered at the partner institution where you are studying.

Final year
  • Sociology dissertation
  • A free choice of four 3rd year Sociology units from a range of options

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including an essay-based subject
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBB including an essay-based subject
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
  • BTEC: DDM in a relevant subject
  • SQA: SH: AABBB and AH: AB including an essay-based subject
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 77% overall
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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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.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.