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Sociology is all about understanding how people engage and interact in groups, institutions and societies. The study of sociology covers everything from religion and social media, to family life and political revolution, providing you with knowledge and skills for a broad range of careers.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BA (Hons)

UCAS Code: L3L0 BA/Soc

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


Why choose this course?

Our teaching is informed by our research practice. This means students receive state-of-the-art knowledge about cutting-edge developments in the discipline. Students commend us for the excellence of our teaching. In fact, in the National Student Survey 2015, the course received a 100% satisfaction rating for teaching practice. We make the study of sociology interesting, engaging and stimulating. On our course, class sizes are small, which means you will receive the personal guidance, help and attention necessary to succeed in your studies.

Sociology is the study of how people think, act, relate and organise themselves in modern societies. This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in understanding how individuals both shape, and are shaped by, the social contexts they inhabit. Teaching on the course is informed by our strong staff research profile and includes such substantive areas as crime, technology, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, the media, and the environment. You will also receive a strong grounding in sociological theory and research methods along with training in specialist data-analysis software. In the final year of the course, in conjunction with community and non-governmental organisations based in Dundee, we also offer you a work placement module. 

You will find that studying sociology is a challenging but rewarding endeavour. It equips you with the aptitudes and capabilities that public and private sector employers demand. This includes how to analyse complex issues, engage in critical thinking, communicate to a variety of audiences and develop innovative solutions. Studying sociology will also keep you at the forefront of the key political issues and social debates defining the 21st Century, from social mobility to multiculturalism; human rights to climate change.


What you study

What you study#

In Years 1 and 2, you will study an array of core sociology modules on such themes as:

  • contemporary social issues 
  • the media
  • social change
  • crime and criminal justice 
  • sociological theory 
  • the internet

You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based, interdisciplinary elective modules, as well as subject modules in cognate areas such as criminology and psychology. 

In Years 3 and 4, you will have the opportunity to engage with an array of core and specialist option modules in sociology. These will cover areas such as

  • sociological theory
  • gender 
  • propaganda
  • surveillance
  • violence 
  • the environment 
  • research methods 
  • work and consumption
  • sexuality
  • human rights 
  • cultural representations of crime 

In Year 4, your final year, you will also design and produce your own research project under the dedicated supervision of a member of academic staff.

An optional work placement is available in Year 4, and will require attendance at a relevant work setting outside the University.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BA with Honours in Sociology

How you learn and are assessed

You will learn through an array of teaching modes including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work.

You will be assessed through a number of methods, including supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, trust-and-honour examinations and reflective analyses.

Examination techniques

A wide variety of assessments will be used to assess you throughout your degree, including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations, and a final year dissertation. Around a third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices. 

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

English and Maths: 
All applicants must have a pass in English in one of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4
All applicants must have a pass in National 4 Maths or GCSE Maths or Numerate subject such as Science, Biology or Chemistry at grade C  

 ABBB; A Level BCC; Irish Highers H2H3H3H3;  International Baccalaureate 29 Points to include literate subject at S5 or H4
Essential subjects: To include a literate subject
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM Health & Social Care;
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses

Advanced Higher: ABB (to include Sociology and Modern Studies or History)
A Level: ABB (to include Sociology and Politics or History)
HNC/HND - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

- our Coming from College pages list approved HND courses 

Not sure if you are eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer. 

If you expect to receive passes in 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

  • been in care, or
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university, or
  • live in an area, or attend a school, where not many people go to university.

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.

Further info

Career prospects

A sociology degree at Abertay provides you with the knowledge and skills required for a variety of careers, particularly those characterized by working with, and managing, people and groups. Whether it’s working in collaborative groups, assessing evidence, writing reports, acquiring skills in qualitative and quantitative research or completing project work, your studies will contribute towards your employability. Our work placement module enhances this advantage. 

On graduation, our students typically find employment in such areas as government, social research, marketing, social work, youth and community work, human resource management, public relations, journalism, policing, teaching and the probation service. Your sociology degree will equip you to succeed in completing any professional qualifications you may choose to do. In addition, your sociology degree also provides a strong foundation for further academic study at Masters and PhD level.

Industry links

Teaching staff incorporate a number of external speakers within their modules. These speakers are drawn from such areas as the media, business, the criminal justice system, the voluntary sector and local community groups.

The Community Links module offers you the opportunity to participate in a work placement in your final year. In the past, after graduation, some students have progressed to full-time employment with their work-placement organizations.

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"I think all my goals have been realised. I’ve ended up where I wanted to end up, working with young people and using my knowledge, my sociology degree and my experience in voluntary positions. "

Alan, Glasgow

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