City University London

Course Introduction

Combined studies provide students with distinctive pathways to many of the most important areas of the social sciences. Students are encouraged to develop a mixture of transferable skills and competencies such as critical thinking, communication, research design and data analysis, problem'solving and interpersonal skills and graduate from this course with a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which the various disciplines relate to and inform each other. City has one of the largest and best'known Departments of Sociology in London. We offer innovative and relevant degrees that provide a firm foundation in key sociological theories and debates, including race relations and ethnicity, crime and criminal justice and media and communications. Our academics are leaders in their fields and bring their internationally recognised scholarship and research into their teaching. 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.

Course Modules

Year 1 core modules: Foundations in sociology; sociology in action; understanding the modern world (15 credits). Core electives: Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour; history and theory of psychology; biological approaches to mind and behaviour; lifespan psychology year 2. Electives: Media history and politics; contemporary issues in media studies; exploring London; introduction to criminology 1: crime and society; introduction to criminology 2: crime and the individual. Year 2 core modules: Doing sociology 1; doing sociology 2; social theory 1; social theory 2. Core electives: biological psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; personality and differential psychology. Electives: circuit of culture; new media challenges; television and sport; identities and personal relationships; interpreting news and documentary; social theory 2; violence, criminal justice policy; key issues in criminology; sociology of punishment; understanding social change. Year 3 core module: Sociology project. Core electives: concepts and categorisation; judgment and decision making; memory: trends and issues; sound and symbol in written language; neuroscience: brain, mind and body; approaches to autism; health psychology; organisational psychology; psychology as philosophy; positive psychology; social and emotional development: the early years; abnormal and clinical psychology; coaching psychology. Electives: sociology of human rights; the global media system; transnational communication in Europe; victimology; quantitative analysis of social research data; media war and terrorism; policing and crime control; youth, crime and society; media, cities and culture; global migration processes; reading sociology; sociology of race and racism; social movements and political action; approaches to film; gender and society; new media: from cyberspace to social media; sociology of contemporary Europe; crime, news and criminal justice.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher BBBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 65%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

Key Course Information

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83% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 65%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 70%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 57%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 0

12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 37%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 4%

£7,800 - £10,000
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,500 - £7,800
Typical cost of private accommodation