Sociology BSc

London, Bloomsbury
Sociology BSc (2024)

The BSc Sociology blends local and global sociological perspectives to examine contemporary social issues and transformations, ranging from environmental risks and climate change, to the intensification of inequalities, and imaginings of the future. Students will graduate with the skills and mindset appropriate to tackling the challenges of 21st century society. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for one academic year.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

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No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher).

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

The three-year degree offers a strong grounding in sociological theory and research methods, with a focus on how sociology can be applied to important contemporary issues.  Our degree emphasises the strong inter-linkages between the local and the global, while giving you the ability to engage with and undertake qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. Completing a work-based project and a dissertation enables you to enhance your employability and tailor your study in your own areas of interest.

A wide range of optional modules are available in the programme covering a huge variety of topics, as well as different methodological and epistemological approaches. These modules are led by staff who are world-leading in their research and scholarship. 

There is also an opportunity to study abroad for a year (meaning you will complete four years of study in total). 

What this course will give you

Sociology is indispensable for understanding today's interconnected yet unequal world. Our degree offers a truly global, de-centred and yet historically grounded curriculum, enabling students to flourish as independent and critical thinkers, capable of tackling urgent global challenges. 

The degree includes core modules on social change, urban sociology, global issues, sociological perspectives on identities and research methods, complemented by options on topics including media, politics, youth, race, gender, love and sexuality, migration, work, technology, science and the future.

Our research-led curriculum is taught by world-leading sociologists. It will help you develop your own sociological identity and make you an asset to a range of 21st century employers as they navigate the dramatically changing socio-economic environment of the future.

Studying and living in the global city of London offers a unique opportunity for engaging with businesses, councils and third sector organisations through guest lectures, site visits and a work-based project in year 3; building skills, knowledge and networks invaluable for future employment.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sociology.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

In Year 1, you will take three core modules in term 1 and three core modules in term 2, plus two optional modules.

Year 2 consists of three core modules in term 1 and two core modules in term 2, plus three optional modules

Finally, in Year 3, you will take the work-based study module and complete a dissertation, plus five optional modules.

Your learning

Our innovative teaching and assessment methods include the use of photo diaries, narrative walks, multimedia, and other approaches that will enable you to interact with the built and social environment.

Undergraduate students are expected to carry out 40 hours of study per week during term time, including the lectures and seminars. Much of this time will be independent personal study time - i.e. research, reading, writing, etc.

There are no lectures, seminars, or tutorials on Wednesday afternoons. This allows students to attend various activities available at UCL or elsewhere.


Assessment is through a mix of essays, photo-diaries, written examinations, practical exercises, a work-based report and a dissertation in the final year of study. The weight given to each assessment method varies across modules to ensure a manageable workload throughout the programme.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

A work-based project will help you to work collaboratively to apply theoretical approaches to real-world applications. Sociologists are employed in government and public administration, non-governmental organisations, charities and international development, teaching and research, business, innovation and design sectors, media, journalism and publishing, heath and welfare services, human resources and marketing and much more. 


This degree will give you the edge in a dramatically changing world of work. The skills and mindset you develop will not only continue to be needed in an increasingly digital world, but will help you equip your employers to survive these and other social transformations.  

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £9,250
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2023/24 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Students undertaking the work-based project in year 2 will need to cover associated transport costs.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

We are seeking students who are interested in the major social questions of our time, such as around global inequalities and the climate crisis. You should be inquisitive and keen to learn, and should demonstrate a good knowledge of contemporary issues and an ability to think critically about evidence and truth claims.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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