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Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Social Sciences

Gain the skills to better understand the world you live in.

2023 entry

This is an archived course for 2023 entry.

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Course overview

You study key issues such as class, poverty, inequality, health, crime, and urban change and are encouraged to think of innovative ways to tackle them. You'll learn to understand how society works and how social change happens from different disciplinary perspectives.

This flexible course allows you to study what interests you most. Choose from a range of modules without specialising, or focus your studies by following one of our pathways  

  • Psychology and Criminology
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Sociology and Criminology

Year in professional practice or abroad

You gain work experience in a professional setting and can put the theory you have learnt into practice. It is also gives you the chance to develop networks and contacts in your area of interest. Employers greatly value, and seek evidence of, relevant work experience when selecting candidates for posts.

It's also possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions.  

Why study Social Sciences at Kent?

Career mentoring scheme

Kent Career Mentoring pairs Kent alumni with undergraduate students to help them gain an insight into professional life.  


Research excellence

Kent is ranked 2nd for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Real-world relevance.

Our extensive professional connections will benefit you as you pursue a career with real world impact.

Enhanced employability.

Our graduates are highly sought-after. 95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Discover Uni). 

Everything you need to know about our Social Sciences course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You learn to complete your own social science research and analyse issues such as social class, poverty, health, crime, urban change and identity, understanding them through applying your own insights from across the disciplines.

How you'll study

Taught by world-leading experts, you'll learn 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 will allow you to collect, understand, analyse and interpret different kinds of data.

Evangeline Agyeman is in her second year studying Social Sciences. This is what she told us about her course.

Social Sciences is very interesting and you have a good choice of topics you can pick.

Read the full interview with Evangeline.

Your future

95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Discover Uni).

With recent developments in computing, automation, and artificial intelligence, many of today's jobs will give way to new types of careers and opportunities. This course will develop your critical, analytical, communication and research skills to prepare you for this contemporary, ever-changing world of work, giving you lots of career options when you graduate, and in the years beyond.  

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

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

  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

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 undergraduate students are £1,385.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

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

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

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.


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

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Next steps

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We are no longer taking applications for the 2023/24 academic year. Please visit the 2024 online prospectus for a list of current undergraduate courses.

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