Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Sociology BSc

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, the rise of new nationalisms, the impacts of new technologies, and imaginings of the future. Students will graduate with the skills and mindset appropriate to tackling the challenges of 21st century society.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

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

ABB (more about contextual offers)
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.

IB Diploma

A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

34 (more about contextual offers)
A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 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 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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

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

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

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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

Degree benefits

  • 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, 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.

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Degree structure

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).

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.

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 two core modules in term 1 and three 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 four optional modules.

A wide range of optional modules are available on the programme including Sociology of Media (Year 1), and Sociology of the Future (Year 3). You will also be able to take modules from across UCL such as Social Inequality and Mobility; Political Sociology; Sociology of Social Movements; Sociology of Gender; Sociology of Childhood; Sociology and Politics of Science; Migration and Society; Public Health in Context; Work and Employment Relations; London Lab; Social Networks; Ageing and Society, and more.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Sociology
Social Change Within Contemporary Society
Historical Foundations of Sociological Thought
Global Issues: Interconnections and Dislocations
Introduction to Social Science Research
Discovering Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (DQQRM)

Optional modules

Sociology of Media
Understanding Social Policy
Education in the Age of Globalisation
Living in a Schooled Society
Investigating Sociology and Politics of Science - module hosted by the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
Optional modules are subject to availability and not all module combinations are possible due to timetabling clashes.

Compulsory module(s)

Social Theory
Urban Sociology in a Global World
Identities: Sociological Perspectives
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods

Optional modules

Sociology of Gender
Political Sociology
Medicine, History and Society - module hosted by the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
Science in Government - module hosted by the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
London Lab
Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems
Work and Employment Relations
Social Inequality and Mobility
Sociology of Childhood
Economics of Education
Optional modules are subject to availability and not all module combinations are possible due to timetabling clashes.

Compulsory module(s)

Work-based project: understanding issues sociologically and developing solutions 

Optional modules

Sociology of the Future
International Development
Governing Emerging Technologies - module hosted by the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies
Power, Conflict and Collective Action: The Sociology of Social Movements
Youth in a Globalising World
Migration and Society
Love, intimacy and sexuality
Food and Society
Ageing and Society
Social Networks
Thinking Through Identities
Citizenship, political exclusion and the racialised state
Gender, Sexuality and Feminisms in Everyday Lives
Education, Religion and State: Historical and Contemporary Developments
Rights, Equality and Justice in Education
Youth Cultures and Youth Movements: Sociological and Historical Perspectives
Optional modules are subject to availability and not all module combinations are possible due to timetabling clashes.

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.


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.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Sociology BSc.


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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.  

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. 

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£23,300 (2021/22)

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

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).


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.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 29 January 2021


For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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Page last modified on 15 April 2021