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.
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.
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.
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.
|Diploma in Foundation Studies (Sociology)||Overall pass|
|GCSE||GCSE or equivalent Level 2 certificated qualifications in English|
|UCAS tariff points||260-280 points|
|GCE A level||260-280 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants will be considered for entry into year 1.|
|Scottish Highers||260-280 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||260-280 points|
|International Baccalaureate||25 points|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The English language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6 or above, and for each component, 5 or above. For further information check the international entry requirements for all our courses.
An ideal student would have:
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all styles of learning. This includes:
We place emphasis on the acquisition of individual transferable skills as well as the development of knowledge and skills important to those working in field.
We also have a virtual teaching and learning resource, called 'Blackboard'. We will post module handbooks, summaries of lectures, messages to students and any other relevant materials on Blackboard. You will be enrolled for modules on Blackboard, and can access the corresponding web pages, both on and off campus.
A variety of assessment methods are used including:
A degree in Sociology provides a strong foundation for a range of occupations from policing to prison and probation work to journalism and social administration. It is also a good general social sciences degree providing you with the skills vital in jobs such as administration, public service, and research.
You will be equipped with transferable practical skills including conducting research, delivering presentations, report writing and team work.
Our graduates enter a wide range of careers including commerce, management and administration. Others undertake postgraduate vocational training in teaching, law or social work or go on to further academic study.
Graduates of the course have gone on to work for the Racial Equality Council, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Disability Rights Commission, HM Prison Service, and the Probation Service. Other common career paths of our graduates include:
Nawal Ammar, PhD, MSc and BSc (University of Salford)
I have two degrees from the University of Salford; an undergraduate degree in Sociology and an MSc in Urban Studies (an interdisciplinary degree between Geography and Sociology). Looking back at what Salford offered me, I can recall a solid sociological education that inspired me to seek knowledge to quench my curiosity about the world around me. This education has given me a firm foundation towards a successful academic career.
Our curriculum was very innovative. We read original theorists and were introduced to the basics of the sociological method, both quantitative and qualitative. Our curriculum had a good balance between class-room instruction and independent learning. It was difficult back then for me, especially as an international student - to whom English was a second language - to manage all this learning. However, the professors were patient and caring, but at the same time non-compromising in their standards. I learned from my professors that all students are entitled to a quality education. I eventually understood that because they had expectations of me, I rose to those expectations. I am appreciative of the lessons they gave me about self-respect, my strengths as a woman, and my ability to overcome fearsome challenges. From Salford I have taken confidence in my abilities and courage to pursue my dreams. For this I shall be forever grateful.
This course responds to the needs of industry, in developing both subject expertise and skills that can be used for practice in the field. We have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:
This provides you with a number of benefits such as field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest lectures, seminars, workshops and placements.
Placements and voluntary work are also available. These offer the opportunity for you to undertake a period of professional practice within industry in order to understand the dynamics and constraints of applying your subject knowledge in the real world.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Up to Six years part-time