Explore Social Sciences

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Social sciences include sociology, criminology, social work, professional policing, and counselling & psychotherapy. These subjects help you understand society, crime, and criminal justice. If you are curious, interested in society, and want to help people, a degree in social sciences might be perfect for you. 

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, and seminars. Your work will be assessed by essays, exams, presentations, and reports. Social sciences courses focus on research and academics but also offer placements. You will have chances to meet professionals through placements, site visits, field trips, guest speakers, and workshops. 

What can I do with a social sciences degree?

A degree in social sciences can lead to many career paths. You can explore different fields and find what you are most passionate about. Some career options for social science graduates include youth worker, charity officer, HR professional, housing manager, government advisor, social researcher, probation officer, community development worker, pastoral care worker, and policy officer. Many graduates also pursue careers in social work, teaching, policing, and counselling. 

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Explore our social sciences courses

BSc (Hons) Sociology

As a sociology student, you will explore the impact of events, both past and present, and how they can catalyse major societal changes. You will also study human connections and relationships, and how these connections, as well as social structures like social class, race, and gender, impact behaviour.

You can study single honours sociology or pursue a joint honours degree with criminology. Visit our course pages to find out more: 

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We also offer foundation year option for these courses. Visit our course pages to find out more:

BSc (Hons) Criminology

Criminology is concerned with what behaviour is defined as crime and who has the power to define it. Criminologists also explore the causes and prevention of deviant behaviour and how the criminal justice system can better respond when it occurs. Recent events, including the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, have drawn global attention to the relationship between inequalities and criminal justice—questions that criminology is ideally placed to answer. 

You can study single-honours criminology at The University of Salford, or you can combine it with psychology, sociology, or counselling. Visit our course pages to find out more. 

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We also offer a foundation year option for these courses. Visit our course pages to find out more: 

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing

This course prepares you for a career in policing and criminal justice. You will learn about the role of a police officer and develop practical skills. You will also study the Criminal Justice System (CJS). 

You will apply what you learn through case studies and research projects. There will be simulation exercises based on real police scenarios to help you build important interpersonal skills. In year three, you will do a community placement. 

Assessments will help you show your skills in researching, presenting, and writing. Some assessments, like policy briefings, are similar to tasks a police officer would do. 

While this course does not guarantee a job in the police, it is a recognised entry route to becoming a police constable. It also provides skills for careers in policing or other criminal justice areas. 

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BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy

This course prepares you to become a highly skilled professional counsellor, with many exciting and rewarding career paths available. It meets the training requirements for professional registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and opens the path to individual BACP accreditation. 

You will learn the person-centred counselling approach and develop a wide range of professional skills, including communication, reflective practice, self-awareness, research skills, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). 

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BSc (Hons) Social Work

Our BSc (Hons) in Social Work uses modern teaching methods to provide you with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to tackle some of the toughest social problems today. The course focuses on the connections between individuals, families, and communities, offering a critical and meaningful approach to social work practice. 

As one of the largest providers of social work education in the UK, we offer a broad and solid foundation for professional social work practice. You will have opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences with academics, professionals, and experts. 

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We also offer an integrated practice course combining social work with learning disabilities nursing. Visit our course page to find out more: 

What can we offer you?


Experience teaching from research-active staff, ensuring course content reflects real-world events and issues.


Accredited courses recognised by professional bodies, ensuring you're industry-ready upon graduation.


Real-world professional experiences, applying the skills learned in your counselling course to practical situations.


Tailored learning opportunities, including work placements, optional modules, and independent research projects, aligned with your interests.


Access to strong industry links with local government, social care providers, prisons, courts, charities, community development organisations, and youth organisations, enriching your education.

Meet our community

Bethany wearing a blue dress and a graduation gown and cap.


BSc (Hons) Criminology alumna

“I have worked at His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service for 2 years now, my current role is as a MAPPA Administrative Officer within the Public Protection Team. I am responsible for administrative support within Greater Manchester’s multi-agency setting. 

This includes the management of highly sensitive and confidential documentation, coordinating multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) meetings and acting as a point of contact for external agencies such as Greater Manchester Police, the Home Office, and Social Services.” 

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Next steps

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