Sociology - BA (Hons)

Our world faces unprecedented challenges, from the climate crisis, to rising inequality; from the automation of people’s jobs by computers and artificial intelligence, to a civil society divided by questions of what is true or false. There has never been a more pressing need for people to understand how society works, how people and groups interact, and how our social structures and institutions affect our everyday lives.

Overview

If you want to study a subject that employers respect, and that can make a difference in the world, then Kent Sociology is for you. We offer one the most cutting-edge Sociology programmes in the UK, where you will be taught by world-class experts researching the most pressing issues facing society today.

Reasons to study a Sociology degree at Kent

  • Ranked 2nd for research quality in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2023
  • Study and work with world-leading experts studying key real-world issues on an interdisciplinary course that will give you a global perspective
  • Choose from a wide range of modules allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests
  • Graduate with the transferable knowledge and communication skills you need to succeed in your career and beyond
  • Extend your skills through instruction in research design, qualitative, quantitative and computational data collection and analysis
  • Enhance your employability through options for placement in schools or working with voluntary organisations for credit
  • Add a year abroad at one of our many partner institutions in Canada, the US, Singapore, China, Finland or Ireland

What you’ll learn

Sociology at Kent gives you the tools to understand society, social problems, and social change in order to make a positive difference in the world by providing you with:

  • A contemporary understanding of the key issues facing society today, and where we might be headed in the future
  • Concepts and theories which help you to understand social structures and how they affect daily life from a variety of perspectives
  • Training in research methods that allow you to collect, understand, analyse and interpret different kinds of data
  • A critical orientation which empowers you with the skills to identify and solve problems, think creatively, and present and write effectively

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

International students

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad)

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9,250
  • EU full-time £13,500
  • International full-time £18,000
  • Home part-time £4,625
  • EU part-time £6,750
  • International part-time £9,000

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case study analysis, group projects and presentations, and individual and group tutorials. Many module convenors also offer additional ‘clinic’ hours to help with the preparation of coursework and for exams.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examinations; to view details for individual modules click the 'read more' link within each module listed in the course structure.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • be compatible with widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
  • produce graduates with analytical and knowledge-based skills relevant to employment in the professions, public service and private sector
  • provide a broad knowledge of the key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches that inform the discipline of sociology and how they relate to our contemporary world
  • promote an understanding of contemporary social issues and the impact of diversity and inequality on local and national communities
  • provide an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions
  • develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of the nature and appropriate use of research methods used in sociological research
  • provide skills in qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection and analysis techniques
  • teach students key writing, research and communications skills.


    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding

    You gain knowledge and understanding of:

    • a range of key sociological concepts and empirically based arguments and data
    • the social processes that shape contemporary society and the relationships between individuals, group and social institutions
    • patterns of social diversity and inequality and their origins and consequences
    • the nature and appropriate use of diverse social research strategies and methods
    • evaluate and help to solve problems in a variety of contexts
    • a variety of methods of data collection and analysis and how to use them in conducting research, writing reports and making evidence-based arguments


      Intellectual skills

      You develop the following intellectual abilities:

      • the application of knowledge in analysing complex social issues
      • research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect, manipulate and interpret data
      • an understanding and appreciation of different theoretical positions and schools of thought within sociology
      • the ability to formulate and sustain a complex argument which is supported with appropriate evidence
      • appreciation of a variety of normative and cultural positions.

      Subject-specific skills

      You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

      • the ability to communicate information and argument
      • the ability to plan research
      • the ability to use and apply sociological theories and concepts in an argument
      • the ability to express and evaluate the value and ethical dimensions of sociological practice
      • the ability to reformulate social issues from the standpoint of sociological analysis.

      Transferable skills

      You gain transferable skills in the following:

      • problem-solving in a variety of situations
      • the ability to effectively communicate theoretical and empirical material and arguments through written and oral modes, including use of illustrative and supportive material such as overheads and computer-aided presentations
      • learning and study, information retrieval, communication and information technology, group work, and time planning and management.

      Independent rankings

      Sociology at Kent is ranked 2nd for research quality and 32nd out of 105 overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

      Careers

      As a result of computers and automation, many jobs that exist today will vanish over the next decade, and new jobs and careers are going to be created which don’t yet exist. The knowledge and development of your critical, analytical, communication and research skills gained with this course will prepare you for this contemporary, ever-changing world of work, giving you lots of career options when you graduate, and in the years beyond. 95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating. 

      Our world-class sociology team has excellent links with industry and a wide range of external organisations creating real-world application and impact with their research. These organisations include:

      • Amnesty International
      • Department of Work and Pensions
      • One World Action
      • International Labour Organisation
      • Social Enterprise London
      • Chartered Management Institute
      • European Commission
      • International Society for Stem-Cell Research
      • The Research and Information System for Developing Countries
      • International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation
      • Catalan and Spanish Governments
      • Pearson UK
      • Society for Chinese-Anglo Understanding
      • Arcelor Mittal Multinational
      • Tyto Marketing
      • Frank PR
      • Trades Union Council
      • Working Families
      • Sutton Trust

      Graduate destinations 

      Many of our graduates take their concern with people, society and social justice into their career trajectory and move into roles that allow them to affect real-world impact. Our Sociology graduates are highly sought after and have gone on to enjoy careers in areas as diverse as: 

      • Teaching and lecturing (with additional training or further study)
      • Research and policy making
      • Management
      • Media and advertising
      • Human resources and recruitment
      • Public relations
      • The Civil Service
      • The third sector and charities
      • Banking and financial services
      • Local government and community services
      • Consultancy

      Apply for Sociology - BA (Hons)

      If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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