“Once I graduate I would love to teach sociology to others and inspire them in the same way I have been at Middlesex.” Icram Serroukh, BA Sociology student
We approach sociology from a global perspective and explore real life issues that address inequality, gender, ethnicity and social change. You will be taught by leading academics with research expertise in disciplines such as migration.
We offer some of the UK's most innovative sociology teaching, within a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Through studying sociology you will learn to find, extract and use both macro and micro information, from international surveys to in-depth interviews. And learn to use your findings to develop concrete, confident arguments. Alongside theoretical study, placement opportunities within a community organisation or NGO will develop your professional experience.
Through learning to conduct your own research projects and by analysing the work of others, you will become a professional researcher, making you highly valued by employers across a range of sectors.
94 per cent of our BA Sociology students said they were satisfied with their degrees, according to the 2014 National Student Survey.
You will gain a thorough grounding in the major concepts and themes in contemporary fundamentals of sociology (the founding discipline of the social sciences). Focused on aspects of society through a global and historical context, you will develop your sociological knowledge and expertise. You will also choose from modules in your second and third year which focus in depth on specific areas of enquiry, such as Race, Ethnicity and Nation; and Media and Society. You will also select a research topic for your final year dissertation, based on your interests.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
Thinking Sociologically considers sociology as a scientific enterprise with its own distinctive ways of viewing and understanding social life, from the intimate and personal, to the more impersonal relationships between individuals, groups, and nations. Combining sociological theory and practical investigation, we learn how living amongst others shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, as well as our everyday thoughts and actions. Thinking sociologically also teaches us that things which appear inevitable or unalterable, can be open to change and transformation. This creates the possibility of successfully managing our personal life and the collective life we share with others.
This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing students to the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. Students will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.
Diversity is the new norm. Though many look back with nostalgia at what they imagine to have been a 'Golden Age' of cohesion, consensus, and community, where to knock on any stranger's door would be to discover another's life lived exactly in accordance with one's own, we all appear agreed on the fact that the world has fundamentally changed. Contemporary hyper-diversity would appear to require a new set of rules, and a new culture, which some have called 'cosmopolitan'. Such hyper diversity may be presented as threat and/or opportunity, depending on the nature and extent of that diversity, and on the standpoint from which the diversity is being judged. This module seeks to explore some of the most significant dimensions of contemporary social diversity and in so doing, to examine the nature, dynamics, effects and conflicts associated with these diversities. Engaging with 'race', ethnicity, religion, sexuality and disability, the module will draw on a range of teaching and learning approaches, and will support the development of practical research skills. It will also place an emphasis on engagement through the use of case studies and via direct interaction with individuals and groups actively working in these arenas, both through group visits, and the involvement of key stakeholders in the module delivery.
You will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials, and supplement the classes with your own independent study. You will work on weekly assignments, practical exercises and presentations as well as a dissertation.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a paid work placement, which we will help you to find. This could be with a local authority, a research institution, a voluntary organisation or even the Home Office.
You will be assessed through exams and coursework – your portfolio, essays and reports as well as your dissertation.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Law and Social Sciences foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Sociology has a high and well established profile within higher education and offers a wider range of post-graduation employment prospects than many other academic disciplines. Career destinations include research, liaison and other positions in the public sector at local and national levels, in voluntary organisations and in the private sector.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
BA Sociology student
"I believe that the fantastic lecturers I've had along with all the extra curricular activities I've participated in at Middlesex have helped me to educate myself and broaden my abilities. One of the most enjoyable things about the course has been the variety of modules offered. They have opened my mind and allowed me to start viewing the world and society in a more analytical manner. I've learnt many new things and have managed to do so independently whilst furthering my imagination.
"My dissertation project has been one of the pieces of work I'm most proud of, even if it has also been the most challenging. The sense of achievement after completing it has made it worthwhile. Once I graduate I would love to teach sociology to others and inspire them in the same way I have been."