Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree gives you a thorough grounding in sociology and politics, in methods of social and political research, and in interdisciplinary approaches to political analysis. You'll be taught in one of the UK's top sociology departments; in the most recent official assessment we achieved joint first ranking for the world'class quality of our research. Our academics are responsible for actively shaping the discipline ' they're pioneers in their fields, and write the books that are on your reading lists. Our Department of Politics has links with the Home Office, Department for Transport, local government and the European Commission. You won't simply learn about politics in terms of what happens in the Houses of Parliament and conventional arenas of power, but also what happens on the streets, in art galleries, and in the non'Western world. We'll defamiliarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at the subjects from a different perspective. We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political and sociological arguments, theories and ideas. Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers in media and marketing, business and management, arts administration, and the voluntary and charitable sector.

Course Modules

Year 1: Modules include: key concepts in political theory ' including the state, democracy, freedom, rights, power and authority, and the ideologies of conservatism, socialism, liberalism and nationalism ' are considered, and students also choose from 3 courses that introduce them to either: UK and European government and politics; theories of international relations and the main developments in international history since 1945; or political economy and public policy. Year 2: Modules include: central questions in sociology regarding how to study a society, encompassing issues of agency and structure, holism and individualism, and continuity and change; the making of the modern world and its sociological context is also considered; politics courses examine how the subject has become associated with social movements, environmentalism and globalisation, while theoretical debates on the concept of democracy are also studied; students also take a sociology option and a politics option. Year 3: Modules include: students take a core course in theorising contemporary society and study for a dissertation; we support a strong programme of research in social and political theory, gender studies, and cultural studies of politics and government; students also pick a sociology option and 2 politics options.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • SQA Higher BBBBC-ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 76%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 76%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 72%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

70% Go on to work and/or study

In work 45
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 20
Unknown 10

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 34%

Total Coursework: 66%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation