Sociology and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Our Department of Law and Criminology and Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy have excellent reputations for research and teaching. Studying sociology and philosophy here means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts who will share their research and experience so that you gain invaluable skills for your future career. The degree brings the social sciences into conversation with a range of philosophical traditions from contemporary analytic philosophy to ancient Stoic thought and is perfect for you if you wish to benefit from thinking practically about how society works with the flexibility to choose philosophical subjects of particular interest to you. The first and second year of this degree will see you studying a number of mandatory modules which will give you a good grounding in both sociology and philosophy. For your second year you will also study a number of optional modules from both sociology and philosophy whilst your third year will see you doing your dissertation in either sociology or philosophy as well as a number of optional modules, which may include Sociology of Health and Illness, Race, Ethnicity and Migration, Bioethics and Existentialist Ethics. Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention and flexibility to acquire expertise within your fields of interest. Upon completion of the course you will have acquired:

  • An understanding of a range of social platforms and policy issues
  • Key critical thinking skills – you will be able to analyse and understand the assumptions which inform central philosophical traditions
  • The ability to argue convincingly in writing and orally


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Assessment method

We use a variety of methods of teaching and assessment, including: Personal tutor in Sociology and designated staff liaison in Philosophy 50% modules in Sociology and 50% modules in Philosophy Lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, workshops, fieldtrips, etc Diverse assessment methods from essays and exams to multiple choice questions, reports, reflective logs and oral presentations Emphasis on continuous feedback both orally and in writing

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

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

Combinations of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, please contact us on [email protected] to discuss your situation

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £21000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £21000 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25, the fee is £9,250 for that year. Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees annually for overseas fee-paying students. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree. The upper limit of any such annual rise has not yet been set for courses starting in 2024 but will advertised here once confirmed.  For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions. These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.
Sociology and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS