Our Sociology Degree

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Sociologists have for decades been providing answers to difficult government and policy questions, informing industry and challenging inequalities.

Sociology is concerned with understanding social life and our place within it. On this course, you will study human connections and relationships, and how these connections, as well as social structures, such as social class, race and gender, are linked to the way we behave. You will tackle difficult questions around issues such as poverty, sexism, austerity, immigration, privacy and social unrest, and gain insights into our cultural and everyday lives.

2020 has been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a major financial crisis, social disruption including mass lockdowns, shortages and divisions in society, unprecedented cancellation or rescheduling of major religious, political and cultural events and disruption to the education system and to our daily lives from the way we work to the way we interact with others. To accompany this, global movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality protests have taken place across the world. Social media and the mass media have played a huge role in all these events but have both received criticism, specifically around the spread of misinformation which has raised questions around responsibility and accountability. All of these things have a huge impact on the way our societies work and develop. As a Sociology student, you will explore key historical and contemporary events such as these to understand what kind of impact they can have on society, how societies deal with them and how they can be the catalysts for major societal change.

Missed our open days? Don't worry - if you apply to Salford, you'll be invited to an Applicant Visit Day. This may still be virtual, but it will aim to give you a feel of the campus, your chosen course and any facilities linked to it. Apply now via UCAS. You can also find more information about life at Salford at the bottom of this page. 

Explore Sociology at Salford

Excellent Student Satisfaction Scores

In the most recent National Student Survey, 93% of students asked agreed that the course provided opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).

Industry-focused learning

We focus on providing you with industry experience and will ensure you benefit from these links, whether that be through placement opportunities, field trips, conference opportunities, surgeries, guest speakers and workshops. 

Tailor your course to your interests

In your second and third years, you will be able to tailor your course to ensure you are studying the areas of social policy that interest you the most. You will be able to do this through optional modules, placements and independent research projects. 

Investigate real-world issues

You'll be taught by internationally recognised research-active staff who ensure that module content aligns with current social science happenings, controversies and debates.


Study in a prison

Students on this course have the opportunity to study a new module called ‘Inside-Out’. This module involves contact hours that are delivered inside HMP Forest Bank prison with ‘inside’ students, who are serving prisoners enrolled as University of Salford students for the duration of the module. Both the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ students learn together throughout the module.


Hear it from our students

When you're making decisions about what course to study and which university to go to, we know it is useful for you to hear from people just like you. That's why we've asked some of our current students and recent graduates about their experiences on the course. Explore their stories below. 

Explore Life In Salford

From becoming an undergraduate student to on-campus accommodation, we've got you covered. Take a look at the information below to get a feel for all things Salford life.

Next Steps

You can apply now via UCAS for September 2021. If you are ready to apply, you can find the course on UCAS here.

Alternatively, if you have any further questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them for you. You can contact us through email enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

To read more detailed information about the course, please go to the course page.