Sociology courses Nottingham

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Course overview

What are the effects of inclusion and exclusion from social groups? How do broader patterns in society impact us? How might we inspire or resist social change in the 21st century?

You’ll explore questions like this on our BA Sociology degree, and will develop an understanding of how society is organised both locally and globally. You’ll also consider the experience of diverse individuals and groups in our increasingly complex and multicultural world.

You can tailor your degree to your interests and career goals through optional modules that examine subjects like identity, citizenship, migration and social media. You can also enhance your CV by studying abroad at a partner institution in locations like Australia, the USA or Canada.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A levelABB excluding general studies, critical thinking and CIE thinking skills
IB score32

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on our mature students webpage.

Notes for applicants

We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses and who will make a valued contribution to the school and University. We will take into account a wide range of factors including post-school experience and breadth of interests as well as exam results.

Our courses require a combination of different skills, and an ability to engage with new subjects and ideas. These qualities in part relate to academic performance, but we will also look at your interests and experience.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Our teaching is delivered through several modes including lectures, seminars and workshops. Independent study is an important aspect of learning at university and you will be expected to undertake preparatory reading and/or research before you attend your classes.

Our staff deliver teaching that is essential for you to understand the key ideas and contemporary thinking in your discipline (known as core modules) and teaching that is more specialist and based on their own research expertise (known as optional modules). All students will be required to take specific core modules relevant for their programmes and be given flexibility in the optional modules they choose to fit with their own personal interests. Find out more by watching our optional module videos.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Examinations

Contact time and study hours

You’ll have at least 8-12 hours per week of contact time at lectures

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