The final year

Having established a solid background in the first and second years, the final year of your degree in Sociology allows for specialization and development of your particular interests.

Single Honours students undertake a Dissertation and four specialist units.  Joint Honours students who have taken Research Methods in their second year may choose to undertake a Dissertation in Sociology, plus one specialist unit.  Joint Honours students may also choose to take a Dissertation in their second subject instead and three specialist units in Sociology.

The Dissertation is an independent piece of work in which, with appropriate supervision, you prepare your own piece of sociological research in an area that interests you.  Planning for your Dissertation begins at the end of the second year, when you select a topic and are assigned a supervisor.  In addition to individual supervision sessions, there will be a programme of lectures and workshops throughout the year designed to support you through the process.

Specialist units available in 2011-12:

Students studying Sociology with Study Abroad spend their third year abroad.  Their final year follows the pattern above.