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About the course

This is a contemporary and exciting course which combines the disciplines of sociology and psychology for students to develop the knowledge, application and skills to understanding the complexity of individuals and the societies in which they live.

The curriculum includes key areas of psychology and sociology, you will study subjects such as education; crime; social behaviours; therapy and counselling, power, politics and identity, education, media, social inequalities, migration and race and ethnicity. You will develop scientific approaches to researching key issues from a sociological and psychological perspective. These topics, which include research methods, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for a range of careers in healthcare, public sector, leadership, organisations, law enforcement, finance, research and IT.

This degree emphasises the practical application of psychology and sociology, with real-world assessments integrated throughout. You’ll also have the option to undertake work-based learning as part of your studies. In sociology modules you will reflect on real issues such as community empowerment, equity in the workplace, applied sociology in work environments.

To reflect the wide range of careers that are open to graduates, the course can be tailored with optional units that suit your specific ambitions.


You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Solent is home to dedicated psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs.

What does this course lead to?

Solent psychology and sociology graduates can be found in a wide range of different roles and industries. Recent graduates have gone onto careers in mental health support, clinical psychology, therapeutic practice and children’s health.

Graduates who wish to go on to become chartered and registered psychologists would need to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field.

Who is this course for?

Solent's BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology degree is ideal for those interested in human behaviour and everyday social interactions and those who want to ask critical questions about the communities they live in. By studying both psychology and sociology you will develop a diverse set of skills and knowledge that are transferrable to a range of careers.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply

Part-time route:

Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details.

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Exploring Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn about how Psychology has developed as a scientific discipline and take a critical look at some of the key areas of Psychological research.

  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    On this module you’ll learn about quantitative approaches to analysing psychological data. You’ll consider who/what the data relates to (sampling), how the data is obtained (design and methodology) and what data is collected (measurement).

  • The Sociological Imagination
    On this module you'll develop a set of critical skills and discover new ways of thinking about the social world, understanding the difference between common sense and sociological thinking.
  • Psychology Across the Lifespan
    This module will present a lifespan development perspective covering relevant theories, issues and methodologies both historical and contemporary. Specific topics will reflect recent research.
  • Social Inequalities
    This module introduces social inequalities related to topics such as gender; ethnicity; social class; disability; health; age; nationality; religion, and sexuality.
  • Researching the City
    Using Southampton as your research field, you'll learn about a range of unobtrusive methods and will have the opportunity to develop your skills and put them into practice.

Year two

Core modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
    On this module, you’ll gain an overview of brain anatomy and how processes are localised to different areas or structures. You’ll also learn about the way that our nervous system is structured.

  • Psychological Research
    This module develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues concerned with psychological research and will enable you to advance the skills required for the conduct of investigations and the presentation of findings.

  • The Social Individual
    On this module You’ll explore individual differences within social psychological phenomena and consider the extent to which personality may affect and be affected by social situations and social behaviour.

  • Bodies and Identities
    In this module you'll investigate why the body is such a highly contested sociological concept. From classical to contemporary theories, you'll evaluate how bodies and the multiple forms they take are central to our understanding of society.
  • Social Movements and Social Justice
    Examining a range of social movements and campaigns for social justice and social change, you'll develop a set of critical skills and develop new ways of thinking about tensions and inequalities in the social world.


  • Race and Ethnicity in Modern Britain
    Using critical theories of race, you'll explore how conceptions of race, racism and post-racism in modern Britain structure the politics of inclusion, belonging and citizenship.
  • Global Health Inequalities
    On this module you'll develop an understanding of the relationship between health and country of birth, understanding the myriad differences of physical, mental and social wellbeing of those living in low-income and high-income countries.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Developing Professional Practice in Psychology
    On this module you’ll adopt the role of a practitioner by applying theory and research to a case study in an area that you are interested in.

  • Applied Psychology Research Project
    This module allows you to independently conduct and write up a piece of psychological research. This will require you to research an area of psychology of your own choosing.

  • Media Society and Power
    In this module, you'll question what you already know about the media and its complicated relationship with society.


  • Educational Inequality and Injustice
    On this module you'll be introduced to the sociology of education and discuss persistent inequalities in schooling and higher education.
  • Applied Sociology in the Community
    On this module you'll gain valuable experience, applying sociology learnt in class, to the work carried out in local organisations.
  • Migration and Refugees
    On this module you'll not only develop an understanding of the various push and pull factors that drive global migration but, appreciate the connected and on-going movement of people as they live as residents of a nation, transnational migrants, settled citizens, refugees, and asylum seekers.
  • Sociology of Medicine, Health and Wellbeing
    On this module you'll learn about social inequalities in relation to health and illness; the medicalization of illness; mental health and wellbeing; stigma related to impairments, disease and illness.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Course Leader View profile
Brian McDonough academic profile Brian McDonough Course Leader View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Course Leader View profile
Ben Powis academic profile Ben Powis Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Philippa Velija academic profile Philippa Velija Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


As you learn, you’ll benefit from access to Solent’s dedicated psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs.

The psychology and sociology teaching team, made up of academics with extensive industry and research experience, will guide you as you apply your newly founded research skills to a range of experiments and projects. This hands-on training eventually leads to a final applied psychology project, acting as the perfect springboard into graduate employment or further study.

Staff are research active and engage in community and research projects which are embedded in the modules that students' study.

Your future

Graduates who wish to go on to become chartered and registered psychologists would need to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field. Many graduates will move on to study other postgraduate courses in the social sciences, as well as a range of employment opportunities, including work for mental health and community organisations; public and private sector research; teaching and educational sector jobs; careers connected to community sector management, social work and policy sector jobs. 

Other careers include:

  • Government agencies
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Police
  • Non-profit and outreach work
  • Charity work
  • Research
  • Politics
  • Leadership


Practical experience is embedded throughout the curriculum. This includes work placement and live brief opportunities. Students are also encouraged to present their final-year project at industry conferences - past students have presented for the British Psychological Society.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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