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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    Sociology provides ways of making sense of a world undergoing unprecedented social change and uncertainty. This programme provides you with an understanding of core traditions and contemporary developments in sociological thinking and research. It also features a range of specialist areas such as race and ethnic identity, sociological approaches to violence, terrorism and society, new media technologies, the sociology of health, sex and gender and the sociology of science and technology.

    Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) has consistently achieved the highest ratings for the quality of its teaching and research. Within the School, students are encouraged to explore diverse areas such as social theory, terrorism, globalisation, the sociology of work, drugs, street culture and popular culture.

    A Year in Finland

    On this four-year programme, you spend the third year studying at University of Jyväskylä in Finland. All teaching and assessment is conducted in English. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience another culture and enjoy learning in a different environment.

    Independent rankings

    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 Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 28 September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 360
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    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.

    Stage 1

    Possible modules may include:

    • SO336 - Sociology of Everyday Life
    • SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology
    • SO408 - Sociological Theory: The Classics
    • SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State
    • SO305 - Introduction to Criminology
    • SO334 - Modern Culture

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    • SO602 - Social Research Methods
    • SO500 - Concepts and Theories in Sociology

    Year abroad

    In our Sociology with a year abroad programmes, you spend the third year of a four-year programme studying at one of our partner universities in Finland.

    Possible modules may include:

    • SO606 - Year Abroad Mark One
    • SO607 - Year Abroad Mark Two

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    • SO603 - Health and Health Policy
    • 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
    • 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
    • SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
    • SO709 - Modern Chinese Societies
    • SO710 - War, Atrocity and Genocide
    • SO712 - Urban Sociology

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take 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: ABB
    • Access to HE Diploma: We welcome applications from students on accredited Access courses.
    • 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 16 points at HL

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • 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.

    General scholarships

    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.

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