Sociology at Salford

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The events of 2020 have had a huge impact on our society and will do for a long time. Sociology explores the impact that these kinds of events can have, how societies deal with them and how they can be the catalysts for change in the future. If you want to study a degree that can help you to understand the society we live in, then Sociology could be for you. 

Course details

What is Sociology?

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.

Why is Sociology currently so relevant?

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.

When does this course start and how long does it take?

The next start date for this course is September 2021. This is a standard three-year degree if you study full-time. A part-time option is available which will take six years.


Where is the University of Salford?

Studying at Salford really is the best of both worlds. Our Peel Park campus is set in 46 square kilometers of lush, green space to enjoy. But we're also just over a mile away from the big city buzz of central Manchester - voted the UK's most liveable city for two years running.

Famous for music, culture, sport, art and science, the cities of Manchester and Salford offer an unrivalled student experience where you can balance your studies with world-class culture, exciting events and legendary nightlife.

If you're commuting, we have a train station that has direct links to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston, Lancaster, and Barrow-in-Furness. If you're looking to stay on campus, we're very proud to say that our Peel Park Quarter accommodation was recently voted the 2nd best student accommodation in the country by Student Hut. 


What are the entry requirements?

You must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above. You must also have A-Levels, BTEC or other equivalent qualifications that equate to 112 UCAS points. 




For full-time home students, the fee is £9,250. You can find out more information about paying for your degree with a student loan here

Why Sociology at Salford?


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).


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.


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.


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


You will 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 who will study the module alongside you.

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. 

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 or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.

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