“The fantastic lecturers along with all the extra curricular activities I've participated in have helped me to broaden my abilities.” Icram Serroukh, BA Sociology with Psychology
Our degree combines the study of human behaviour (psychology) with the study of societal structures (sociology) to deepen your understanding of contemporary society from whole populations to individuals. Our innovative teaching methods and work placement opportunities provide a challenging and exciting learning experience.
Our degree will develop your understanding of major concepts and themes in contemporary sociology and psychology, and enable you to relate them to daily life. These disciplines are natural allies, exploring how and why human beings behave as they do. Your studies will be supported by a work placement with one of London's leading NGOs or community organisations, where you will build invaluable professional experience.
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. Through learning to conduct your own research projects and by analysing the work of others, you will become a professional researcher; this skill will make you highly valued by a wide range of employers.
You will analyse the nature of social relationships between individuals, groups and social institutions. Your understanding of major concepts and themes in contemporary sociology and psychology will be developed and you will be able to relate them to life in the community. You will also examine a range of research strategies and methods in sociology and psychology and assess the appropriateness of their use.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
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.
This module will instruct students on the skills required to undertake an undergraduate degree in either sociology or criminology, and on the basic components of social science research. A main component of this module will be a year-long research project, where students will be asked to explore the social profile of their own communities, by exploring ONS-census and Met Police data, as well as other relevant sources. Students are required to build a profile of their community and in doing so will develop key research and academic skills required to complete their degree. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond their degree, and will be attractive to future employers.
This module aims to introduce students to the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition we will also explore ideas concerned with definitions of Psychology and how Psychology developed as a separate discipline by considering its historical and philosophical beginnings and current issues.
This module aims to introduce students to the history of sociology as a diverse and developing discipline through a study of classical and modern theory. The module uses a traditional pattern of teaching with lectures, seminars and tutorials.
This module develops students understanding of sociological theory by focusing on the key theories and ideas that have emerged from the late 20th to early 21st century. Specifically, it aims to develop student knowledge and understanding of the continuities and discontinuities within sociological theory during this period, and to explore the influences of classical and early modern sociological theory within contemporary sociological theory and debates. Throughout the module each of the theoretical approaches and ideas will be applied to contemporary social issues, thus underlining the relevance of the sociological imagination to an understanding of different features and social transformations which have occurred within the global world today.
The module aims to develop students evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce them to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare students for the development of a proposal for their final year dissertation project. Throughout the module students will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme they are studying.
The module aims to give students an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, student will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Understanding of these topics is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.
This module takes as its focus the transformations of institutions, relations, experiences and identities brought about by the forces of globalization. With a particular focus on political sociology, it examines the relationship between the contemporary nation-state and the forces of change operating above, below and alongside the state. The module explores the nature, dynamics and transformations of the state, and its relationship to society, in a globalising context also associated with important social changes in the fields of mobility, culture, the media, religion and security. The module aims to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to evaluate the implications of globalisation for understanding the nature of, and relationship between, state and society in the contemporary era.
This module aims to synthesize learning from students undergraduate Sociology programme of study providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research knowledge and skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study in-depth and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
The module aims to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. It considers how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours, and also considers the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention. The module aims a to extend students understanding of social psychology through its application to social problems facing modern societies; b to develop students aptitudes for identifying pathways for social change through the understanding the psychological processes implicated in social problems.
This module develops students critical understanding of media, communication and society. In particular, it explores different aspects of the development of media and communication within a networked global world; media institutions and the economic, political, cultural and social consequences of media concentration and convergence; media audiences and effects; media as a institution and instrument of state and state policy; and various issues and debates related to the role of the media in societies. The module also looks at the development of new media technologies as providing alternative and oppositional opportunities and perspectives; as an autonomous public sphere; as a key mobilising resource used by collective movements and protest groups to challenge dominant ideological and hegemonic representations and common sense understandings of the world. This module will be of interest to any student interested in examining the role of different media and media institutions in a transnationally communicative world.
This module aims to critically explore and understand violence in all its angles and meanings and from a global perspective: from personal violence domestic violence and gender violence, for example to systemic violence violence perpetrated by the state and its apparatus , from the street violence of riots and political radicalism to the inherent violence of globalisation, capitalism, fundamentalism and language to use Slavoj Zizek s words. Students will be offered the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of a number of issues related to violence and to locate them both within a national and a global perspective.
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.
This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of the sociology of contentious politics. The emphasis of the module is on the social context in which social movements arise to articulate and address the problems and conflicts of their time. Students will be introduced to the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of social conflict and social change in an historical context, as well as the epistemological and methodological issues that pertain to the study of social transformation. The module culminates in a focus on the contemporary context of the global financial crisis and the social conflicts that have arisen in its wake.
This module explores gender and sexuality studies and relates theoretical debates to contemporary issues around this area. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, and the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within the social sciences, this module will begin by exploring the history of feminism and its impacts on gender and sexuality studies, and continue looking at specific examples of issues related to gender and sexuality on a national and international level. Specifically, the module aims to develop students knowledge and understanding of gender and sexuality studies, recognizing the important role that gender and sexuality have in regulating social life and beliefs.
This module will critically examine theoretical understandings of diaspora, its relationship with associated ideas such as migration, cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and its significance as an analytical tool for understanding modern social and cultural formations. It centres on the analysis of the cultural and social concomitants of transnational migration and diaspora in the post-colonial world. Whilst issues such as globalisation, the international division of labour and the state remain important to this, the emphasis throughout the module is upon the lived experience: the ways in which different people experience and make meaningful migration, displacement, and difference. Here, home , belonging and identity are key phrases. Crucially too, we shall be investigating the implications of large scale movement for academic as well as more popular understandings of culture. Theoretical perspectives on migration and migrant communities have changed radically in the last twenty to thirty years, moving from consideration of assimilation , ethnic minorities and multi-culturalism, to contemporary debates concerning cultural hybridity, borderlands and the trope of mobilities .
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.
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 45 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 and Psychology are amongst the oldest and most established of the social sciences within Higher education. Both disciplines are highly regarded by employers in both the public and private sectors. Graduates in each of these subjects have some of the best postgraduate employment records of all degrees at Middlesex.
Graduates of this course have gone on to careers in research, teaching, management and a range of strategic roles within both the public and private sectors.
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 with Psychology
"When I look back on my course to date, I'd say that one of the most enjoyable things has been the variety of module content offered which has 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, which is great!"
"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 piece. The sense of achievement after completing it has made it worthwhile though. Once I graduate I would love to teach Sociology to others and inspire them in the same way I have been. 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."