School - School of Health and Society
Subject area - Sociology and Criminology
UCAS Code: L300
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Up to Six years part-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £12,300 per year
- Sociology helps us understand and tackle difficult social questions, and provides insights into the world we live in and how it works
- You will be taught by staff who are internationally recognised experts, which ensures their engaging teaching is at the cutting-edge of academic understanding
- You will be equipped with transferable skills in areas such as research, ICT, critical thinking and advanced problem solving, which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a diverse range of professions
- Part-time study option
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
Do you find yourself questioning and challenging conventional assumptions about the world we live in? Sociology is concerned with understanding social life and our place within it. It helps us understand and tackle difficult questions, such as issues of poverty, immigration, privacy and social unrest, as well as providing insights into our cultural and everyday lives. Sociologists have for decades been providing answers to difficult government and policy questions, informing industry and challenging inequalities.
The social sciences have a long and well established history at the University of Salford, having been taught here since 1954, and today, the sociology subject group continues to be extremely strong both in terms of its teaching quality and research excellence.
We also offer this degree with an additional Foundation Year, making it a four year degree. Please see our Social Sciences Foundation Year webpage for more details on this.
A Sociology degree from the University of Salford will equip you with insight into key theories and approaches to understanding the social world, and transferrable skills in areas such as research, information communication technology, critical thinking and advanced problem solving — all of which will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a diverse range of professions.
You will be taught by teaching staff who are internationally recognised experts in their fields of research, which ensures you will be at the cutting edge of academic understanding, and you will be able to study a diverse and engaging range of subjects, such as those dealing with crime, the legal system, social unrest and riots, the media and popular culture, cities, bodies and much more — ensuing that your time at Salford will be productive, valuable and provide a platform for future successes.
In the first year all modules are compulsory and we will equip you with the study skills needed to get the best out of your degree, and introduce you to both the nature and scope of research in sociology.
In your second year and third years you will build on these foundations by looking in more detail at different theoretical perspectives in sociology and studying research problems and methods.
Across years 2 and 3, seven options must be taken, a minimum of five from Sociology and a maximum of two from Criminology/Language. However you make your combination, in year 2 you must choose one option for Semester 1 and two options for Semester 2. The modules listed below are usually offered every year, so could be taken either in year 2 or year 3.
Sociology optional modules (these will run depending on staff availability):
Criminology optional modules (these will run depending on staff availability):
You have one core module in the third year – for this you must choose one of the independent study options (see below). You then have to choose four optional modules from the lists above to complete your 120 credits for year 3: two for Semester one and two for Semester two.
Core modules (choice of one of the following):
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.