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Course summary

Delve beneath the surface of everyday life and modern societies and prepare for careers including community development, policy making and social care with our Sociology degree in Cambridge. On this degree you'll explore what shapes societies and individual lives, the relations that connect individuals, groups and institutions within societies and those that the divide them. As a BA (Hons) Sociology student at ARU, you’ll look at the work of classical sociologists, such as Weber and Marx, and contemporary issues such as individualism and global communication and how they are changing human behaviour. You’ll be able to specialise in areas that interest you too – such as the impact of intoxicants on societies, cybercrime, social control, sport or nature and society – through our range of optional modules. We have a supportive community of staff and students at ARU. Throughout your BA (Hons) Sociology degree, you’ll learn from sociologists who specialise in social policy and theory and undertake research into a wide range of sociological issues including 'race' and ethnicity, urban sociology, delinquency and disorder, the sociology of sport, notions of belonging, governance, moral regulation, social constructions of alcohol, gender-based violence, social justice, and social relations in marginalised communities. You’ll also prepare for your future career, with the opportunity to conduct your own community or workplace research, gaining valuable practical experience and insight into different approaches to social issues. You’ll consider how you can apply this understanding by researching, pitching and evaluating an idea that could potentially make a positive contribution to society. You can also take an optional placement year; this might be in a governmental organisation, NGO, charity or social enterprise – wherever your own interests lead you. You could enhance your CV further by studying abroad for a semester, with funding on offer to help cover the cost. Once you’ve graduated, you might choose to develop your skills with one of our Masters degrees, such as MA Sociology. The impact of our Sociology research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Hands-on learning All our BA (Hons) Sociology students have the opportunity to:

  • go on field trips in the UK and overseas
  • study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue their own areas of interest.
Careers Our BA (Hons) Sociology degree will equip you with skills in independent, creative, critical and analytical thinking. Previous students have gone on to careers in journalism and the media, business administration and management, health management, the civil service, teaching, social care, social research, the police, prison and probation services. Specialist modules in years 2 and 3 will help you tailor the course towards your career goals with topics including cybercrime, drinking cultures, health, violence, feminism, and sport. Whichever path you follow, you can be sure you’re graduating with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and can offer you hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Organisations such as Soroptimist have also provided live briefs for our past students, giving them a taste of professional life. You could also learn more about sociology, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our MA Sociology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 core modules: Sociology in Action; Global Sociology; Contemporary Inequalities; Media, Society and Crime. Year 2 core modules: The Research Toolkit - Design and Delivery; Social Theory; Mobilities and Migration; Sociology of Education; Ruskin Module. Year 2 optional modules: Cybercrime and Policing; Intoxicants and Intoxication; Globalisation and Security; Sociology of Religion; Sociology of Health Inequalities; Violence: Theories and Causes of Crime; Violence: Realities and Impact of Crime; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project; Race, Racism and Cultural Identity; Nature and Society. Year 4 optional modules: Feminist Debates and Activism; Sexuality and Social Control; Politics and Social Media; Sport, Globalisation and International politics; Youth, Crime and Aggression; Concepts of Good and Evil. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress using a combination of exams, essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, project work and personal portfolio production, as well as your final-year Major Project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change)
Sociology [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS