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Social Sciences

The UCL Department of Social Science provides an intellectually rich and culturally diverse learning community with students and staff from across the world. Our multidisciplinary department hosts psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and economists and we offer a wide range of modules across these areas. Our staff are engaged in pioneering and innovative research which is used to support our teaching as well as inform wider social issues.

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Social Sciences

Why study Social Sciences at UCL?

We provide a broad-based education in the social sciences (including sociology, psychology and economics), and you will benefit from being taught by world-leading academics at the forefront of their field. This, combined with extensive training in mixed research methods, quantitative techniques and data analysis, will be invaluable in preparing students for employment or further study.

What you will gain from study at UCL

UCL is a stimulating multidisciplinary environment in which to study the social sciences. You will have the opportunity to study topics such as inequality, poverty, education, gender, migration, family and childhood, and social mobility while considering key policy issues, thus gaining an understanding of the social and economic forces shaping our world.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through a mix of lectures, small-group seminars, and workshops. Students will also attend practical sessions to discover, explore, and analyse qualitative data (such as interviews and visual material) and quantitative data through statistical techniques. Students are assessed through a mixture of assessments including examinations, practical exercises, essays, and individual and group presentations.

Modules in Social Sciences

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
SOCS0032 Sociology of Childhood 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0033 Public Health in Context 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0036 Sociology of Gender 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0037 London Lab 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0038 Social Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0039 Social Psychology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0040 Demography and the Life Course 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0041 The Economics of Children and Families 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0042 Economics of Education 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0043 Economics of Public Policy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0044 Health and Social Epidemiology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0045 Social Inequality and Mobility 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0046 Work and Employment Relations 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
SOCS0077 Economics of Developing Countries 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0079 Game Theory for the Social Sciences 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0080 Political Sociology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0081 Social Networks 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0082 Ageing in Society 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0084 Gender, Families and Work 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0085 International Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0086 Migration and Society 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0088 Power, Conflict and the Collective Action: The Sociology of Social Movements 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0090 Social Justice and Social Psychology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
SOCS0092 Thinking Through Identities 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

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