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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary

  • Gain a range of intellectual and practical skills.
  • Apply these to real-life problems and situations.
  • Choose to study abroad and go on a work placement.
  • Learn from guest lecturers, from a variety of industries.
The degree includes a unique blend of psychology, sociology and politics – addressing a key range of perennial and contemporary issues. You’ll also develop key personal, transferable skills associated with better employability in a rapidly-changing environment. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. During the degree course, you’ll have opportunities to engage with professional work, including work placements. Our lecturers are actively involved in current research, so you’ll understand the latest trends in the social sciences, and apply research-based knowledge to real-world projects. You learn through
  • lectures and seminars
  • group work
  • independent study
  • virtual learning environments
  • tutorials
  • guest speakers
On this course you’ll gain sound applied and theoretical knowledge in social science – focusing on contemporary topics, concepts and research. You’ll study core modules to help yourself critically understand how individuals, families, governments and other agencies respond to problems and situations. There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme. You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include
  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • access to our Skills Centre, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • employability activities, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities.
Applied learning - Work placements You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a semester-long work placement in your second year. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You’ll also gain an awareness of the demands of employers and make connections between your academic studies and possible careers. Live projects You’ll undertake live projects as part of your degree, getting a taste of how to use the skills you learn on the course in the real world. For example, you could work on a project brief for a local charity – undertaking desk-based research, helping them while also forming the basis for your assessment. You’ll also be able to list this work on your CV. Field trips During the course, you can take a field trip at no extra cost. Previously, these have included a 4-day visit to Edinburgh in the second year and a dissertation conference in the third year. Networking opportunities You’ll be invited to employer fairs and conferences – plus other talks from public and social service practitioners, potential employers, academics, political parties and voluntary/charity/NGO sectors. All of these provide great networking opportunities.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Developmental And Social Psychology Deviance, Order And Protest Introduction To International Relations Introduction To Politics And Society Psychological Well-Being And Individual Differences The Sociological Imagination Year 2 - Compulsory modules Applications Of Psychology Theorising Modernities Elective modules Applied Child Psychology Divided Societies Environment And Society Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy Study Abroad The Politics Of Welfare In The 21St Century Understanding Global Societies (Hk) Work Placement Work Project Youth: Chaos And Control Year 3 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Dissertation Elective modules Atypical Child Development Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) Crime And The Media Globalisation, Gender And Work Sex, Gender And World Politics Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism Welfare Rights And Legal Issues (Hk)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2023 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Applied Social Science at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS