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BA (Hons)Sociology

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UCAS code: S001
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a sociology degree at Solent University

An exciting subject, sociology challenges the world in which we live, including politics, media and social inequality. Get practical experience to work in public and private sectors.

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  • Our academics have PhDs and publish research papers (books, book chapters, and journal articles), making the quality of your provision first class.
  • Embedded throughout the curriculum, modules focus on employability, analyses of workplace policies - the skills employers are looking for.
  • The course has a strong research focus and you'll be encouraged to undertake research activities from day one.
  • You'll work for a research or charity organisation as part of the course, gaining valuable experience for your CV.
  • Our lecturing staff are active within the industry and have strong connections that can lead to employment opportunities.
  • Gain transferable skills and develop communication and analytical skills, and cross-cultural understanding, which can be utilised in a number of employment opportunities.
  • Part-time option available.
  • Social research and policy, one of Solent’s key research areas, embodies research-related activities associated with improving individual and community wellbeing through practice, provision, and policy – you will learn direct from leading experts in their field.
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Course overview

The programme provides a practical learning experience that enables you to become an independent and collaborative learner and leader. Covering issues of politics and identity, the sociology of work, media and power, social inequalities, and popular culture, you will develop knowledge of key areas, applying sociological theories and drawing on social research methods that will enable you to critically understand the causes of social inequality and routes towards social justice. This knowledge alongside development of key skills can be applied to a diverse range of careers where you can make a positive difference to society.

This is a contemporary and exciting course which gives you the sociological knowledge and skills needed to develop a critical and informed perspective on social inequalities and social justice. You will assess evidence and research that enables you to question existing policies and practice and apply sociological thinking to addressing social issues at both a local and global level. You will do this by learning to question practices and develop analytical skills to address social problems.

The skills you learn and develop in sociology can be used in a diverse range of careers. For example, being a critical thinker and being able to assess different viewpoints, asking critical questions about social issues has meant that employers in a range of sectors see sociology degrees as desirable. More specifically, sociology graduates develop communication skills, analytical skills, and cross cultural understanding, which can be utilised in a number of employment opportunities.

Student research
Research is embedded into this undergraduate degree and students are encouraged to get involved in research projects from the very beginning. Most recently, our sociology students have conducted research for a report - Beyond Waste: Essential Skills for a Greener Tomorrow - for the Chartered Institute of Waste Management for England and Wales (CIWM), as well as research around landlords renting for Toynbee Hall, a London-based community organisation that provides services and advice for people facing poverty and injustice.

Students are encouraged to get involved with Solent's Identities and Inequalities Research Group.

Any questions?

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

Sociology is a course for students who are interested in questioning the society in which they live. Students who want to study sociology should be interested in asking questions about social justice, social change so that they develop a better understanding of global social problems. Studying this course, you'll develop a broad set of critical, analytical and information skills.

What does this course lead to?

Sociology graduates go on to some of the most exciting careers around. In 2015 a British Council study found that nearly half of the most successful leaders in the world had studied social sciences! This programme does not only equip you to go on to diverse careers such as media, education, criminal justice, charity and non-profit, government, administration and hospitality. Through the opportunities for networking, and extra-curricular activities, you can build a CV and experience whilst studying that will set you on the path to success in whatever you choose to do.

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Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

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Meet the team

Students are taught in engaging seminars and workshops by academics with a broad range of expertise, and will be encouraged and facilitated to apply their theoretical knowledge to real world problems.

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.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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