Sociology BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

Course Accredited By


  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
There is no better city than Leicester to explore fundamental sociological concepts such as ethnicity, migration and social class. With a range of vibrant and diverse communities including Narborough Road, “the most diverse street in Britain”, Leicester offers the perfect environment to develop your craft via observation, participation and guided reflection.
  • Our Sociology BA will provide you with a thorough grounding in research methods, theory and a variety of substantive topics. Throughout your degree you’ll be getting to grips with topical issues in contemporary society – based on areas where our academics are conducting cutting-edge research. You will develop transferable skills as well as more traditional academic competencies.
  • We provide many opportunities for you to enhance your degree. Under expert and supportive supervision you can conduct a sociological research project on a topic of your choice. You will collect data in the field, analyse it and write it up. You can also choose to study abroad, a great way of broadening your horizons and experiencing a different academic climate.

We were one of the first Sociology Departments to be established in the UK, and we now have an international reputation, a wealth of experience in teaching and an enviable research pedigree. Particular areas of expertise in sociology at Leicester include:

  • Sport and deviance
  • Children and childhood
  • Identity, fashion and consumption
  • Migration and citizenship
  • The global sex trade and cosmetic surgery
  • Age and the life course
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Flexibility underpins our degree structure, which means that you will get to shape your degree to suit your own interests and career aspirations. Whichever direction you choose, you will be taught by enthusiastic scholars who are keen to share their expertise with you.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English at Grade C (4). 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. 
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the University.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • In your first year you will gain a solid foundation in the principles of sociology through six core modules covering a mixture of theoretical ideas and substantive topics.


  • Sociology in Practice
  • Power, Privilege and Diversity
  • Race, Ethnicity and Racisms in Britain
  • Society in Transformation
  • Interpreting Key Texts
  • Research Methods 1

Year 2

  • You will gain more freedom to shape your degree and follow your interests and career objectives in your second year, when you can choose three option modules to make your learning experience more individual.

Core modules

  • Sociology Placement
  • Doing Social Research
  • Using Numbers in Social Research
  • Sociological Theory Explored

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Live Sociology
  • Gender and Society
  • The Politics of Beauty
  • New Youth, Young Adulthood and Society

Then choose one option module from: 

  • Sociology of Fashion
  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Sociology Through Literature and Film
  • We Are What We Buy

Semester abroad (optional)

  • You will have the opportunity to spend one semester of your second year studying Sociology at one of our partner universities overseas. If you wish to study abroad, you should decide this during your first year.
  • European universities
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
  • American universities
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • The University of Florida, Gainesville
  • The University of Georgia, Athens 

Year 3

  • In your final year you will carry out a supervised main piece of work, conducting research in an area of your choice.

Core modules

  • Modern Sociological Theory
  • Research Project or Real World Research

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Identity Troubles: Nationalism, Jihadism and the Far Right
  • Drugs and Society
  • Social Psychology
  • Autobiographical Society
  • Education and Social Justice

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Football and Society
  • Social Movements
  • Space, Place and Contemporary Culture
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • International Migration
  • The Global Sex Trade
  • UK and EU Students
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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