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Sociologists study all aspects of the social world, including actions, structures, beliefs, power and representation.

A sociology degree at Bristol offers you a thorough grounding in the subject, as well as opportunities to specialise in new areas of research conducted by academics at the forefront of the discipline.

Why study Sociology at Bristol?

We were rated fourth in the UK for sociology in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Bristol is home to prominent sociologists with research strengths including consumption, environment, ethnicity/race, modern slavery, multiculturalism, gender, family, migration, theory and culture. In our friendly and intellectually vibrant community, all staff contribute to teaching on our undergraduate degrees.

Sociology courses at Bristol are located within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). This gives our degrees an international flavour and means you will be part of a larger group of peers with interests in both the social and the political.

Our single honours sociology courses offer the opportunity to study abroad, allowing you to develop an understanding of sociology that goes beyond national boundaries.

Sociology is a partner in Bristol Q-Step, which is part of a national initiative offering enhanced skills training in the social sciences.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

Sociology students are as diverse as the subject itself. If you want to study sociology you should be interested in the world around you, from small-scale interactions to large-scale economic and ecological phenomena. To you the world is a puzzle: why are things the way they are and how could they be different?

You will be inquisitive and independently minded, questioning rather than automatically accepting what you are told. This independence will also feed into your working practices and you will be able to find and critically engage with a range of sources that reflect the diversity of the subject.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Most units are taught through a combination of lectures and small-group seminars. Lecturers also hold open office hours each week for further discussion.

Forms of assessment include essays, presentations, seen and unseen examinations, case studies and research projects (dissertations). In the first year the balance of essays and exams is roughly equal. Most second-year units and specialist units have mixed forms of assessment.

What are my career prospects?

Critical thinking, research and data management skills acquired in the course are invaluable in many areas of work.

Our graduates are in great demand and go on to a wide range of careers, including publishing, the media, journalism, teaching, public relations, social work and market research. Many of our students progress to higher degrees after graduation in subjects including sociology, law and teaching.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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