Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L300

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Classical Sociological Theory

  • Introducing the Sociological Imagination: The Individual and Society

    This module maps the relationship between the individual and society. It will encourage you to think of yourself as a 'sociologist' and to consider your place in the world.

  • Visualising the Other

    This module will introduce you to the concept and idea of the "other". You will be exploring how difference is socially constructed, how they play out on a visual level, and how visual material is used to include some and exclude others.

  • Collecting Social Data

    The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. This provides a foundation for critical skills in understanding research, as well as the practical skills to conduct independent research.

  • Cosmopolitan Perspectives: Understanding Global Diversity

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Contemporary Social Theory

  • Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the research methods module Collecting Social Data, and focuses on the next stages of social research, involving analysis and interpretation of research data. You will cover a range of approaches for analysis and interpretation of a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research data.

  • Free Elective

Optional modules

  • Sociology of Popular Culture

  • Visual Sociology

  • Race and Social Justice

    You will review the historical origins and current patterns of settlement of minority ethnic communities within Britain. You'll reflect upon the ‘race card’ in British politics, on hate crime, the demonisation of asylum seekers and the politicisation of immigration. You'll consider the disproportionate and racist policing of Britain’s Black and Asian communities and gain an appreciation of the considerable political, cultural, social and economic contributions of minority communities and new immigrants to Britain.

  • Power and Resistance: Cosmopolitan Political Sociology

  • Gender, Culture and Society

  • Magic, Ritual and Myth: Decolonising Otherness

    Learn about the 'otherness' of the non-Western other and how its most misunderstood beliefs and practices - magic, ritual and myth, can be de-colonised and become familiar.

  • History and Theory in Social Anthropology

    Explore the contemporary relevance of anthropological theory and method, especially in the context of empirical fieldwork, multiculturalism, globalisation and cosmopolitanism.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Research Project Design

Optional modules

  • Perspectives on Health and Disability

  • Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data Analysis

    This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way, and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.

  • Applying Ethnography

  • Gender and International Development

  • Cosmopolitan Citizenship

  • Sociology Dissertation

  • Cyberspace, Identity and Youth

    Explore contemporary, sociological understandings of cyberspace, place, young people and identity. This module critically engages with a range of contemporary mobile and internet technologies.

  • Ethnographic Travels Around the World

    In this module, you'll engage in ethnographic research and writing. In selected case studies, you will explore groups, communities, and cultures around the world from the perspective of cultural difference and diversity.

  • Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Conflict

    In the era of ‘austerity,’ social mobility in the UK has flatlined and social inequalities have become a cause for increasing political debate and public disquiet. You will consider the following topics: the relationship between Politics, Power and Inequalities; the form and scale of inequalities; social class and social divisions; inequalities in relation to gender, ‘race;’ and disability; the ‘problem of youth’ and the causes and consequences of social conflict through the window of the English riots, 2011.

  • Sacred Spaces-Sacred Media: Exploring Religion Online

    Religion is studies as a communication system that influences and is greatly influenced by various communication technologies. You will research online environments such as social media platforms or video games, exploring them as new "sacred spaces".

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More about this course

Explore society and social life as it is lived and experienced in all its complexity and cultural diversity. Sociology at Hull focuses on real events that are reshaping the world around us. You will engage with key modern issues such as identity politics, culture, inequalities, globalisation, media, conflict, religion and belief, and deviance. You can choose to take a broad range of options, graduating with a breadth of knowledge about social structures and social life – acquiring in-depth understanding in a specific area such as social anthropology, equality or religion.

From the outset, you will discover the theories and methods that sociologists use to investigate and make sense of the constantly changing world around us. You will develop a deep understanding of social and cultural diversity, historical transformation, and of shifting boundaries and forms of society. The practical and transferable skills gained on this degree equip you for employment in a wide range of professional careers. If you don't have the academic qualifications to enter the programme directly, we also offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree -level study.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Studying sociology and social sciences at Hull means examining the forces and events – like Brexit – that shape the world around us.

Graduate with a breadth of knowledge or choose to specialise in social anthropology, gender and equality, or religion.

Right from the start, you'll gain practical skills that social scientists use to investigate and explain our constantly changing world.

Our students learn by doing sociology, including creating websites, podcasts, posters, photo blogs and short video clips.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

From the start of your course, a friendly team of experienced careers advisers, employer liaison and information staff are here to assist you, whether or not you have any firm ideas about the next step in your career.

We run an extensive programme of events to develop your career awareness, helping you to explore opportunities, including employer talks and careers fairs. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance - a truly personal service - which supports you and your career plans - and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.

The Careers Service offers a range of services to assist you to develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which is kept up to date with the latest job and work experience vacancies, and changes to recruitment processes.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a local, regional, national and international level, so we can offer you the best advice available and work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.

One of the things that make our Careers Service stand out from those at other universities is that we continue to offer you careers services beyond your graduation. Once you have begun studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career.

Our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new matrix standards. Matrix is the UK quality standard for advice, information and guidance services.