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  • Sociology achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Explore the world with us on field trips to places such as the Houses of Parliament and Berlin
  • Graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world
  • Benefit from the input of our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe
  • The broad nature of this course prepares you for a range of careers

Sociology is a truly broad discipline. It encompasses everything that falls within the social realm, from family, class and ethnicity to deviance, sexuality and work roles. If you are intrigued by how and why people interact as they do, what brings them together and tears them apart and just where you fit into society, then a Sociology degree at Winchester will be an illuminating experience for you.

Over the course of three years, you examine a wide range of sociological issues, from the micro to the macro level. Modules range from health inequalities and diversity to religion, social policy, terrorism, and migration. They include global issues as well as domestic concerns. The programme is ideal if you have an inquiring mind, value the freedom to think and want to develop and enrich your sociological imagination.

Studying sociology involves continuous interplay between matters of concern in society and concepts and theories of society. Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on the practical application of skills, and you are taught by engaging experts who are active researchers and passionate about their subjects. You can benefit from their specialist knowledge when they support you through a dissertation in Year 3. Additionally, external speakers and experts visit the University to share their learning and experience and there are study tours to places of interest such as the Houses of Parliament and Berlin.


Learning to think critically about social problems and understanding what connects and divides diverse groups of people gives you a head start in many modern employment fields. Graduates find jobs in teaching, graduate management schemes, human resources, the civil service, national and local Government, the police, voluntary agencies, youth and community work, and the caring professions.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field trips

In previous years, first year students have been on a study tour of the Houses of Parliament; second year students visited the British Library in London; and students from across the course have had the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Berlin.

Study abroad

Our sociology course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA; Europe (Finland) via Erasmus; Asia (South Korea). For more information see our Study Abroad section

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (both in Winchester)


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Year 1 (Level 4)*

77 % coursework
10 % written exams
13 % practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)

66 % coursework
18 % written exams
16 % practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*

68 % coursework
16 % written exams
16 % practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures



2018 Entry 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023.

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Employability and University Skills 15

This module looks at the skills for success at university and in the workplace. You will reflect upon your own abilities and skills, and begin to plan for the future both within and outside of university. 

You will learn about the various ways of disseminating information, both verbally and in writing. On the latter, you will learn about the importance of referencing and how to write professional reports for example. It will deal with how to manage your time successfully, along with how to work well within a group. You will be taught by academics and professionals to give you a deep insight into employability and academic skills.                            

Identity, Equality and Diversity 15

This module is designed to help you engage with concepts of identity, equality and diversity, which are terms often used within contemporary society. Using different settings and examples the module aims to explore the key issues of diversity within communities. Why do we as a society, feel that issues of equality and diversity matter? This module will explore this subject from a range of theoretical perspectives. The module will also tackle the issue of rights and responsibilities, and confidentiality of information.   

Consumption, Culture and Fashion 15

In this module, you will learn about a range of different sociological perspectives on the origins and development of consumption as a significant area of social and cultural life. You will learn about how consumption, fashion and culture are used in the production of social identities in relation to age, class, gender, race and sexuality, and in turn, how these social identities influence cultural practices of consumption and fashion. You will critically assess the degree of ‘free choice’ that consumerism offers individual men and women in their everyday lives, and learn to critically reflect on your own consumption practices.        

The Family and Intimate Relationships 30

This module explores the nature of family membership and how this has changed over time. It will examine what families actually do, focusing on emotional intimacy, caring and economic exchange. We will look at the trends in marriage, cohabitation and divorce since the 1970s. You will explore the nature and extent of inequality within families. In addition, we will explore the dark side of the family, looking at domestic abuse, forced marriages and ‘honour’ killings.                       

Introduction to Criminology 15

Criminology is considered as a ‘rendezvous’ but specialist discipline; a study of crime and criminal activity that serves as a meeting point for Social Science disciplines.

This module introduces and explores the various disciplinary approaches to the study of crime. However, it will have as its starting point an exploration of common-sense and everyday perceptions and the social construction of crime, as well as the representation of crime and the criminal justice system. The module will also begin to introduce and explore the range and scope of issues and topics examined by the specialist discipline of Criminology.

The module will conclude by introducing students to some of the Criminology related initiatives and interventions currently at the University, such as the ‘Innocence Project’, ‘ Prison Theatre productions’ and community based initiatives. This will also introduce students to the notion and opportunities for volunteering as part of the University wide initiative and policy.

Health Inequalities 15

Health is an important aspect of an individual as well as a society as a whole. In this module, you will gain an insight into the concepts of health and illness, but also learn about the social aspects of health inequality.

Despite the advent of globalisation that has seen improvements in social and economic conditions, there is still an unequal pattern of ill health (including mental health) in the UK and across the globe. You will also examine the theoretical theories to help explain the existence of health inequality (artefact, natural and social selection, material/structural and cultural explanations) as well as how medicine constructs illness categories. In addition, you will become familiar with healthcare systems and issues to do with accessing them both in the UK and from a global perspective.

Issues and Debates in Social Policy 15

This module explores the topic of social policy. It is a topic that is wide in scope, and you will become familiar with how significant it is to meeting our basic human needs (welfare/wellbeing).

As we progress through the module, you will learn about the welfare state along with some of the key areas of social policy.  We are going to cover areas such as: income maintenance, housing, and crime, justice and punishment.

In addition to developing your knowledge and understanding of important social-policy issues, you will learn how to work in a group effectively as well as becoming familiar with an innovative way of disseminating information that academics use at conferences – the poster presentation. At the end of the module, you will realise how social policies affect all of our lives.        

Understanding Society and The Uses of Sociology 15

This module introduces students to some key sociological issues and how they can achieve impact in society. In this module, students will find out how sociological knowledge is important for society.

Students will be introduced to the main ways in which Sociology is practiced in the world and the major debates concerning its social purposes will be explored. Different traditions of sociological thought will be compared and contrasted and modes in which we engaged with the social will be examined.

Questions considered include the relevance of sociological knowledge to government, the public sphere, the media and economic life. The module will also discuss related issues, such as whether Sociology is a science or a cultural endeavour, and whether sociological research and analysis can be detached and unbiased.              

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Youth and Social Change 15

This module will give you an insight into the study of youth and its cultures in contemporary societies in global, national and local contexts. It is interdisciplinary in nature and covers three key themes: ‘the academic study of youth’ and ‘youth in society’ (citizenship, transition from school to work, state policy and intervention, social exclusion); ‘youth, cultural practice and inclusion’ (combining themes of youth in the community – democratic participation, youth and public space, as well as ‘subculture’, globalisation, consumption and identity in youth cultural practice). The course draws on texts from a range of disciplines within the Social Sciences to allow students to develop an interdisciplinary social science approach.

Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society 15

This module provides you with an introduction to the Sociology of religion. It studies religion within a social context and its contribution, positively or otherwise, to society. You will gain an insight and understanding into some of the main religions in the world, examining their role and significance globally. Also, you will investigate and appreciate the effects on societies, groups and individuals of people holding certain religious beliefs.

Religion can shape a society, but it can also itself be shaped by society. You will explore theories of religion and engage in the debate on secularization. In addition, you will become familiar with religion in a global context, looking in particular at issues such as fundamentalism.

Applied Research Skills 15

This module explores the various ways that social scientists understand and investigate the social world. It offers you an insight into the various ways of conducting research. You will learn about the importance of ethics and how to become an ethically-responsible researcher. As well, you will learn about the various techniques used to collect and analyse information. By the end of the module, you will have the knowledge and skills to produce a research proposal for your third-year dissertation.

Race, Ethnicity and Migration 15

This module introduces students to a comparative sociological study of race, racism, ethnicity, and migration. It traces the origins and development of the concept of race by exploring the importance of slavery and European colonialism in producing modern understandings of race and racial difference. It explores the role of race as a major source of social divisions and aims to show the significance of racism in the reproduction of structural inequalities and exclusions.

Race/ethnic categories vary significantly across time and place and it is crucial to explore national and global empirical examples to gain a critical understanding.  Therefore, an important aspect of this course is its focus on the global dimensions and manifestations of racism, ethnicity and migration. The module will address a range of contemporary debates related to ‘race’ and ethnicity such as racism, multiculturalism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, nationalism and national identity.

Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology 15

This module introduces students to an interdisciplinary study of human rights illuminating the economic, political, social, and cultural conditions under which human rights ideas, norms and laws originate, evolve and operate. Human rights are a prominent part of our rapidly changing global society.

As sociologists we will study human rights as a social construction rather than as “natural rights” because rights accorded to humans vary across historical time and geographic space, and we will investigate how human rights can serve either to empower or to constrain social actors across time and space. We will engage with major debates such as foundationalism vs. social constructionism, universalism vs. particularism, globalism vs. localism, and collective vs. individual rights.

We will focus on the emergence of human rights in the aftermath of the Holocaust, in the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the United Nations, seen as the beginning of humanitarian law that shaped the constitutions of many nation-states around the world. It also evolved into other forms of rights such as civil, political and social rights shaping domestic and international laws. We will examine and analyze case studies of transnational non-governmental organizations such as, the Human Rights watch, Amnesty International and the Global Fund for women who have utilized humanitarian laws and ethos in bringing about improvements in human rights practices in many countries around the world.


Disability and Society 15

This module provides you with an insight into the Sociology of disability. It looks at the terms used to discuss disability, along with the extent of disability around the world.

You will be introduced to two key frameworks of understanding disability: the individual model of disability and the social model of disability. The module will examine how disabled people experience discrimination, exclusion and social oppression, and what, if any, measures have been introduced to bring about social change. For example, the module refers to the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and recognises that disability became a protected characteristic in the 2010 Equality Act.


Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies 15 Credits
  • Volunteering 15 Credits
  • Value Studies 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism 15

This module takes a look at ideology and social conflict in a global age. You will gain an insight into the social significance of war, looking into its impact from an economic, political, and social perspective. You will become familiar with why and how nations become involved in social conflict, looking at conflict from both an interstate and intrastate perspective. The module examines the increased use of surveillance and social control measures, along with its impact on the rights of individuals (i.e., human rights issues). You will also consider the conditions that deter conflict - the peace process.

Substance Use and Misuse 15

This module explores the use and misuse of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and other substances from diverse sociological, cultural, criminological, medical and policy perspectives. You will critically examine statistical and other evidence on the prevalence of and trends in use of different substances including new psychoactive substances (‘legal highs’). You will engage with different theoretical models and debates related to substance use, dependency/addiction, education, treatment (e.g. counselling, abstention, harm reduction, decriminalisation) and social control. You will explore evidence for the negative consequences of substance use for individuals and societies, on a national and global scale. You will also consider the social meaning of alcohol, drugs and other substances and their consumption as part of recreational ‘lifestyle’ choices linked to rave and club culture and other leisure activities.  We will conclude the module by discussing the methodological challenges involved in researching substance use and misuse and identifying areas for future research.

Gender and Sexualities 15

This module takes a contemporary look into gender and sexuality. It examines the biological and social constructionist explanations of sex, sexuality and gender. There is a focus on masculine and feminine identities, along with how they differ across cultures.

The module also looks at forms of sexuality and how ideas about human sexuality have undergone some significant changes over the last few decades, especially within western societies. There has, for example, been a relaxing of attitudes towards gay and lesbian couples in relation to marriage (civil partnerships). Some other areas covered within the module are sex work and the global sex industry.

Social Movements and Collective Action in the Internet Age 15

The emergence of new forms of 21st century protest movements such as the Arab Spring in the Middle-East to the 'indignados' protests in Spain, the Occupy movement and the Black Lives Matter new civil rights movement in the US, the Austerity and Stop the War movements in Britain have highlighted the significance of social media in changing public opinions and bringing new forms of social change and political democracy.

Activists’s strategic use of technology and digital media activism through Twitter and Facebook has ensured occupation of local public spaces such Zuccotti Park in New York, Tahir Square in Cairo, Taksim Square in Turkey and Trafalgar Square in London as well as claims to cyberspace, by activating already established local and transnational networks of collective action. This module introduces students to the study of social protest movements around the world drawing from empirical research and theories of collective behaviour, social change, culture, symbolic interactionism, and globalization to examine the historical, social, cultural and political foundations of 20th and 21st century social movements. It will explore case studies of contemporary social movements challenging poverty, structural inequalities and austerity in a number of societies across the globe.

Dissertation 30

Optional Credits

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Crime and Deviance 15 Credits
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media 15 Credits
  • Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In) Security 15 Credits
  • China: 21st Century Challenges 15 Credits
  • The Politics of Food Production, Distribution and Consumption 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Field trips

In previous years, first year students have been on a study tour of the Houses of Parliament; second year students visited the British Library in London. Cost up to £50.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester