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As social science subjects Psychology and Sociology complement each other well. On this programme you scientifically examine cognition and behaviour in their social and cultural context, and gain critical understanding of how society works. The final year project encompasses both disciplines, combining knowledge, skills and methodologies.
The prospects for graduates of the Psychology and Sociology programme are wide-ranging and include possible progression to professional psychology.
Psychology and Sociology is a three-year programme.
In Stage 1 you take three double modules in Psychology (Introduction to Biological and General Psychology, Introduction to Social Psychology, and Psychology Statistics and Practical) and two modules in Sociology (Sociological Theory: The Classics, and Fundamentals of Sociology).
In Stage 2 you take Psychology Statistics and Practical, and Study Skills for Stage 2 Psychology. In Stage 3 you take Concepts and Theories in Sociology and carry out a research project in Psychology.
The remaining core Psychology modules (Child Development, Personality, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, The Social Psychology of Groups, and The Social Psychology of the Individual) and four optional Sociology modules can be taken in either Stage 2 or Stage 3, with a total or 120 credits being taken in each stage. The core Psychology modules, together with the final year project, are a requirement for professional recognition by the British Psychological Society.
In the National Student Survey 2013, 90% of psychology students were satisfied with the quality of their course. Psychology was ranked 3rd for graduate employment prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2014.
In the National Student Survey 2013, 95% of Sociology students were satisfied with the quality of their course. In The Complete University Guide 2014, Sociology research was rated 2nd in the UK.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Duration full-time 36 months Partnership Joint Languages Take an IELTS test
Course ContentCourse structure
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
- SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology
- SO408 - Sociological Theory: The Classics
- SP300 - Psychology Statistics and Practical
- SP301 - Introduction to Biological and General Psychology
- SP302 - Introduction to Social Psychology
Possible modules may include:
- SP638 - Study Skills for Stage 2 Psychology
- SP500 - Psychology Statistics and Practical
Possible modules may include:
- SP600 - Psychology Project (Joint Hons)
- SO727 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
- SP528 - Child Development
- SP529 - Personality
- SP604 - Biological Psychology
- SP605 - Cognitive Psychology
- SP619 - The Social Psychology of Groups
- SP620 - The Social Psychology of the Individual
- SA503 - A Future for the Welfare State? Social Change, Challenge and Crisis
- SA519 - The Social Politics of Food
- SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy
- SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families
- SO505 - Sociology of Crime and Deviance
- SO506 - Popular Culture, Media and Society
- SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine
- SO532 - Mental Health
- SO533 - Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
- SO534 - Violence and Society
- SO535 - Youth and Crime
- SO536 - Criminal Justice in Modern Britain:Development, Issues and Politics
- SO537 - Race and Racism
- SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
- SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
- SO594 - Terrorism and Modern Society
- SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
- SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain
- SO602 - Social Research Methods
- SO603 - Health and Health Policy
- SO645 - The Third Sector: Charities and Social Enterprises in Modern Societies
- SO657 - Digital Culture
- SO659 - Risk and Society
- SO668 - The Sociology of Work
- SO676 - Cultures of Embodiment
- SO678 - Caring for Vulnerable Adults: Understanding Social Care
- SO679 - Research Dissertation
- SO684 - Globalization and Development
- SO689 - Drugs, Culture and Control
- SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
- SO709 - Modern Chinese Societies
- SO710 - War, Atrocity and Genocide
- SO712 - Urban Sociology
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
- A level: AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
- GCSE: Mathematics grade C
- Access to HE Diploma: The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
- International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 17 points at HL with Mathematics 4 at HL or SL
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.