1. 2015 Entry

Sociology  BSc (Hons)

The BSc Sociology degree at City teaches you how to '€˜do'€™ Sociology, giving you a thorough understanding of contemporary sociological debates while developing the intellectual and practical skills employers demand.


Course overview

Sociology enables us to understand the society and our roles within it. It is the systematic study of institutions, organisations and power and is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, are sustained and change.

Sociology BSc examines the organisation of global capitalism and explores the opportunities and structural inequalities that define our everyday lives, including those related to gender, class, race and migration. You will have the opportunity to study topics that include family life, identity, work, popular culture, urban living, food, criminology, media and the virtual world.

As a student on this course you will have the opportunity to appreciate the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to social processes, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis which is London. This course will develop your critical thinking and skills in the analysis, interpretation and production of social data.

It is an innovative degree, designed and delivered by academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field. There is a focus on Research-led teaching and on helping students to acquire the skills to become active researchers themselves.

City's Sociology BSc course had an overall student satisfaction rate of 87% in the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS). 

City Q-Step Centre

A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Sociology is that the degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists. As a student on the the Sociology programme you have the opportunity to apply to a specialist pathway (BSc (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods) at the end of the first year.

Student view

Listen to 3rd year Sociology student Lucy talks about studying at City University London.

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Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered

IB: 33 points

GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent).


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2015

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Entry Requirements

'A' Level

320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.


33 points.


English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent).

English Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
3 years or 4 years with a professional placement.

Course Content

Throughout your studies you will develop a global view of sociological analysis. You will graduate from City University London with a critical understanding of the fundamentals of sociological thought, and the ability to evaluate and plan sociological research.

You will learn how to 'do' Sociology from the beginning of the course. One of your core first year modules is 'Sociology in action' and you can choose a module called 'Exploring London' where you discover London through a sociological lens. This continues into the second year with 'Doing sociology' and culminates in your final year dissertation based on your own research. 

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Foundations in sociology
  • Sociology in action
  • Exploring London
  • Research methods.

Elective modules include:

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Classical social theory
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Ethnographic explorations.

Elective modules include:

  • Gender and society
  • Broken Britain
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Class and culture
  • News and society
  • Violence and criminal justice policy
  • Sociology of punishment
  • New media challenges
  • Circuits of culture
  • Key issues in criminology
  • Gender, crime and justice.

Year three

Core module:

  • Sociology dissertation.

Core elective modules include:

  • Work and workers in the 21st Century
  • Identities and personal relationships
  • Understanding social change
  • Food and society.

Elective modules include:

  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Global migration processes
  • Leisure, power, control
  • Crime, news and criminal justice
  • Television and sport
  • New media: cyberspace
  • Victimology
  • Youth, crime and society.

Teaching and Assessment


We teach Sociology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system.

Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.

For the third-year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.


Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project.

Course Director

Dr Rachel Lara Cohen, Course Director, is an expert in the Sociology of Work and Employment. She has been at City since January 2013 and was previously a lecturer at the Universities of Surrey and Warwick.

Dr Cohen has published in various journals including Sociology, Sociological Review, Sociology of Health and Illness, Work, Employment and Society and the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Her research focuses on the everyday lives, including the hours of work, flexibility and work-life balance, of workers in different occupations.

Dr Cohen is Coordinator of City Q-Step Centre, which is devoted to enhancing undergraduate social science students' quantitative methods skills.



Study Abroad

A wide range of international study exchange opportunities are  available and students who choose to study abroad enjoy many added benefits. Exchanges vary in duration from 3 to 12 months. As a Sociology student you will have the opportunity to take an international study year (usually in another European country) as part of your degree. In particular, the Erasmus programme enables you to study in Europe for a semester or a full year


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


Students are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides. Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of the University, working in the areas of media and communications, crime and justice, human rights, migration and refugee support and mental health.

Career Prospects

This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data, and the analytical capability to identify and engage with social policy debates. You will develop specific skills relevant to a variety of professions as well as critical thinking, which is prized in graduate employment.

A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Sociology is that the degree is part of City Q-Step Centre, a well funded centre of excellence devoted to developing undergraduate Social Scientists' data literacy and quantitative methods skills. These skills are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as the government and local government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector, HR and the news media. Recent graduates have entered all of these fields and many others upon graduation.


UCAS code: L300