BA Single Honours Sociology (UCAS Code: L300)
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BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
To study Sociology is to understand how society works. Sociology students become adept at asking and explaining why people do the things they do and how they came to do them that way. What makes Sociology particularly interesting is that our field of study is constantly changing and the degree programme we offer at Queen's is constantly evolving to reflect crucial dynamics of change in contemporary society.
Sociology is taught as a Single or Joint Honours degree in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. We are a School of over 40 full-time academic members of staff, and our expertise in the field of sociology is long-established and internationally-recognised. We provide a welcoming environment to all our students, who will be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated staff.Back to top
At Queen's, Sociology students can take a range of core and optional modules that equip them with a range of useful cognitive and transferable skills.
In first year, students are introduced to important sociological debates, theories and issues. Classes for core modules are usually run with a mixture of lectures and small group tutorials. In second year, students develop skills in various research methods, as well as furthering their knowledge of sociology and its application to the contemporary world through a selection of core and optional modules. In final year, Single Honours Sociology students design and perform their own research project, which they write as a dissertation under the guidance of a dedicated supervisor. They also complete modules, both core and optional, which enable them to utilise their sociological skills.Back to top
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
Sociology students at Queen’s are taught in a dynamic academic environment in a School rated as one of the leading departments in the discipline in the United Kingdom. The School is located in a recently renovated building, with state of the art learning facilities, together with a dedicated School student common room.
The BA (Honours) in Sociology provides a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning Objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Sociology graduates work in a wide range of occupations, including the media, civil service, research, teaching, business, commerce, marketing and management. Some graduates build on the degree by undertaking postgraduate training in fields such as social work, law, social science research and teaching. Tailored careers advice and study guidance is available to all students throughout their time at Queen’s.
Studying for a Sociology degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Sociology.
The diversity of interests and topics covered in the discipline, plus the wide range of skills it equips you with, means that our students enter a wide range of careers on graduation. These include the public sector (e.g. social services, education, criminal justice, social work), private sector (e.g. market research, policy analysis, human resources), and third sector (e.g. policy analyst, researcher, youth support worker, charity fundraiser). A number of our students also go on to postgraduate study, on a full or part-time basis.
The following is a list of the major career sectors (and indicative starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
We have an active and engaged Employers Forum, which is a panel composed of individuals of high ranking in organisations in fields directly relevant to our degree programmes, including G4S, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Hastings Hotels, Craigavon District Council, and NI Community and Voluntary Association. The members of this panel advise staff in incorporating employability skills in the development of our degree programmes and in helping prepare our students for the world of work. They also contribute to advisory sessions for students on careers and employability.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields, for example:
The Prospects websiteprovides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Sociology Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Sociology graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics as shown within the School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
• The School is located in a recently renovated building, with state-of-the-art learning facilities, together with a dedicated School student common room
• One-to-one personal tutoring is provided for students throughout their time at Queen's
• Tailored careers advice and study guidance is available to all students
• We offer a peer mentoring scheme for Sociology students, with the support of staff and the Centre for Educational Development
• Students have the opportunity to spend some time studying in one of our linked universities, including in Spain (Barcelona) and Sweden (Lünd)
• The highest achieving students in Sociology are awarded the annual Lockheed Prize