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A discipline for the 21st Century. A degree in Sociology offers a fascinating approach to the study of our contemporary world. With its roots in the rise of modern industrial society, sociology is well placed to explore and understand the personal and public issues of the 21st Century.

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Why study Sociology?

With its roots in the rise of modern industrial society, sociology is well placed to explore and understand the personal and public issues of the 21st century whether class, culture or crime.

Sociology is a discipline that addresses the social transformations of our global era such as:

  • The expansion of the internet and the digital economy and society
  • Debates around inequality, life-chances and poverty in terms of social class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity and age and generation
  • Conflict, war, migration and refugee flows
  • Climate change and environmental risks

Sociology is a subject that will inform you about all these issues, provide you with the research tools and skills to investigate them and, moreover, evaluate and imagine social policies that could make for a better and more socially just world.

Why St Mary's?

Sociology at St Mary's University provides a space to study the subject in a broad interdisciplinary environment that includes criminology, media arts, history and many other humanities disciplines.

At the same time, the sociology programme is taught by a team of academics who you will get to know over the three years with teaching and research interests across the broad spectrum of the social sciences.

Teaching methods

We adopt a range of teaching methods. Usually, a larger (core) module may be taught by lecture (one hour), followed by smaller seminar groups where students discuss the topic, informed by set readings.

Other modules are taught in two-hour seminar meetings where different methods may be used, such as a combination of lectures, small group work, film screenings and student presentations. There is also an opportunity to participate in field trips in some modules.

Tutorial sessions are arranged for students to meet with tutors, particularly during the planning stages of essay writing. Lecture notes and information about the module and assessments are all placed online. Several staff blog or tweet.

Assessment methods

A wide range of methods of assessment include not only formal examinations, but also coursework essays, student presentations, research reports, and a variety of resource-based assessments. Essays are typically 2,000 words in length, although at Level 6 there is an opportunity to conduct a research module (with the agreement of a supervising tutor) which requires submission of a 5,000 word essay or a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Key facts

  • Contemporary relevance with key job skills.
  • Wide range of graduate job opportunities.
  • Well-qualified and experienced staff and wide range of courses.
  • The option of work experience modules.
  • Acquire intellectual and research skills: critical enquiry, investigation, analysis and assessment.
  • Either a Single or Joint Honours Programme.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.
  • A range of scholarships are available for undergraduate students.

Joint honours

Course content

Year one

  • Classical Sociological Theory in the Modern World
  • Contemporary Human Geography
  • Criminology: A Sociological Introduction
  • Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • Reason, Evidence, Argument
  • Researching Criminology and Sociology in the News
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Year two

  • Body, Gender and Sexualities
  • Crime and the Media
  • Culture and Society in Modern Japan
  • Documentary Film
  • Global Societies
  • Introducing Research Methodology
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Year three

  • Contemporary World Cinema
  • Criminology: New Perspectives
  • Culture and Landscape
  • Fieldwork in Developing Areas
  • Globalisation, Post-colonialism and Multiculturalism
  • Issues for Education in the 21st Century
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional- you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

Sociology graduates enter a range of careers areas such as:

  • Community, health and social work
  • Social research
  • Policy and administration
  • Government departments
  • Campaign Groups working for social justice
  • Market research
  • Public relations
  • Postgraduate programmes, research and teaching

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sociology students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

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