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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Sociology

Study a subject that employers respect, and that can make a difference in the world.
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2024

Course overview

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.

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.

Study Sociology at Kent and gain 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.  

Why study Sociology at Kent?

Succeed in SSPSSR

Discover how we support your journey to Kent. Succeed in SSPSSR is your path to securing your place at Kent and excelling as a student.    

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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). 

Student success

Hear from our alumni and discover how studying in SSPSSR at Kent helped them realise their ambitions.

Everything you need to know about our Sociology course

Entry requirements

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

Course structure

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. You'll learn to identify and solve problems, think creatively, and present and write effectively.

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.

Alexis Johnson graduated with a BA in Sociology in June 2020. She’s now working as a Key Stage 2 Teaching Assistant, supporting children through one-to-one interventions.

Read the full interview with Alexis where she talks about her time at Kent.
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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
Essential skills
"the opportunities I had at Kent to take on various leadership positions will be invaluable in the world of work."

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £18,600
  • International
    £18,600
  • UK
    £4,625
  • EU
    £9,300
  • International
    £9,300

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 £1,850.

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. 

Scholarships

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

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

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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