St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

A degree in Sociology offers a fascinating approach to the study of our contemporary world. With its roots in the rise of modern industrial society, sociology is well placed to explore and understand the personal and public issues of the 21st Century. Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life. It has been taught in British universities since the very beginning of the twentieth century. Today it continues to be a popular subject. Many ideas, such as 'moral panic', 'globalisation', 'networks' and 'charisma', are originally sociological but are now in everyday use. The questions sociology asks have lost none of their challenge and excitement. Some of them are so important that we are still grappling with them in new ways.

Course Modules

Level 1: Core modules: society and experience; research methods; social theory; 1 option is taken from: mass media and culture; criminology; culture and society in 20th'century Britain. Level 2: Core modules investigate the sociology of class, gender, ethnicity and age in an international context, and further research methods; optional modules: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; rich world, poor world; contemporary religion and religious movements; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam. Level 3: Core modules: modernity in the 21st century; individual research project; optional modules include: punishment and policing; globalisation and development; contemporary issues in state educational policy; sociology of religion; understanding Japan; gender, race and feminism; religion in Ireland; medicine, health and illness; community engagement; modernity and the movies; environment and society; fieldwork in developing areas.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 35%

Total Coursework: 38%

Total Practical: 27%

£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation