Why study Sociology at Warwick?
- You will spend three years at one of the UK’s top Sociology departments. We consistently score highly in the national and international league tables, ranked 23rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 and 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
- An outstanding provider of teaching and learning, we provide a first-rate environment for cutting-edge research. Our undergraduate programmes are designed and informed by high-calibre scholars, producing arguments, theories and ideas that are published and discussed around the world. We encourage our students to become active members of this lively research culture.
- Our staff work on a variety of topical issues – e.g. social theory, youth culture, media, health, population, ethnicity, gender, international development, education and science. All students who enrol on the single honours Sociology degree can graduate with a Specialism in Research Methods, Gender or Cultural Studies, if they choose. Sociology and Quantitative Methods students can also take core sociological specialisms while developing quantitative data analysis skills.
2nd year undergraduate
Dr Cath Lambert
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This course will appeal to those with an interest in the social world, who are looking to build transferable skills and knowledge that can be applied across a diverse range of careers and future study options. There is scope to specialise in areas such as research methods, gender studies and cultural studies, learning from committed teaching staff who are at the forefront of their specialist research areas.
Our research-led curriculum emphasises your role in creating your own knowledge as part of a wider academic community. You will become familiar with key social science methods (quantitative and qualitative) and will gain an understanding of their real-world application, alongside skills in independent research, oral and written communication, critical analysis and project management. Core modules are supplemented by a wide variety of optional modules in areas such as sociology of health, education, science, food, animals, policy, media and culture. There are also opportunities to participate in field trips and study visits, and to take a year abroad.
Core modules in your first year provide a strong grounding in sociological theory, methods and practices, and you can also choose some optional modules. In your second year, a module in core social research methods builds on your first year’s training and the remaining three-quarters of your programme is made up of optional modules. In your third year, one-quarter of your study is focused on completing an independent dissertation, with regular one-to-one support from a member of staff, and the remaining three-quarters comprises optional modules of your choice.
How will I learn?
You take at least four different modules in each year, which are taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group work and independent study. In your first year, you will have 10–11 hours of formal contact time per week, helping you adjust to university life, and thereafter usually 8 hours per week. Seminars involve smaller groups of 15–17 students, which include some of our joint honours students, giving you the chance to make friends across complementary disciplines. We have a strong personal tutoring system and staff have weekly office hours in which you can meet with them on a one-to-one basis.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by a combination of essays, reports, podcasts, reflective writing and unseen exams. To support your assessment, you will submit class essays during the year and receive extensive feedback. In the final year, you write a 10,000-word dissertation on a sociological topic of your choice, with one-to-one supervision from staff. This prepares you for the needs of working life by consolidating core and transferable skills, and supports further academic study at MA and PhD level. Your final degree classification is based on your performance across the modules taken in your second and third years, during which you can choose your methods of assessment.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
For students on the single honours Sociology course, there is an opportunity for a study abroad visit. We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level: ABB
International Baccalaureate: 34 points.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
Warwick International Foundation Programme All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day. find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
Core modules in your first year will include:
- History of Sociological Thought
- Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods I
- Researching Society and Culture
- Race and the Making of the Modern World
- Sociology of Gender
- You will also choose 30CATS of Optional module(s) which may include: international perspectives on gender, crime and society, life of media: past, present and future, war memory and society
Core modules in your second year will include:
- Designing and Conducting Social Research
- Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research
- Modern Social Theory
- You will also choose 75CATS of Optional modules which may include: Political Sociology*, Educational Inequalities*, Sociology of Science, Knowledge and Intellectuals*, Bodies, Property and Politics, Commercial Cultures in Global Capitalism, Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives, Social Theory of Law, Sociology of Health and medicine, Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Contemporary Society
Your third year core module is a dissertation. Optional Sociology modules may include Beastly Sociology; Capitalism and Religion; Ethnography and the Anthropological Tradition; Multivariate Secondary Analysis of Data; Punishment, Justice, Control; Race, Resistance and Modernity; Racism and Xenophobia; Transnationalism and New Media
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include:
Social Worker, Coventry City Council; International Women’s Day Marketing Executive, Oxfam; Broadcast Journalist, BBC; Policy Executive, National Climate Change Secretariat; Marketing Projects Intern; National Trust of Australia, Sydney.
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Sociology
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.