Sociology and Politics BA (Hons)
UCAS code L30P
What is special about this course?
If you are interested in the social and political world, the BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics gives you the opportunity to study a range of subjects to increase your knowledge of people, politics and society.
You will study a range of themes, methods and subjects, investigating important social and political issues such as poverty, crime, terror and freedom.
- The joint honours degree in two complementary subjects will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Year 1 - CertHE
Core modules are:
- Understanding the social world
- Making social lives
- Introduction to politics Or Ideas and ideologies in politics
- Evolving politics of the British Isles
You will also choose two option module from our range of humanities subjects.
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- Qualitative research methods
- Sociological theory Or Belief, culture and communities
- History of political ideas
- Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum
Plus two option modules from across the humanities subjects
Year 3 - BA
Core modules are:
- Advanced social research methods
- Work and society
- Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
Plus two additional politics modules from the following:
- Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
- European politics
- Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
- British military history in the 20th Century
- Wars in the promised land
- Political sociology (subject to numbers)
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in sociology or politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.
- Insiders and outsiders in society
- Visual research (subject to numbers)
- Restorative justice
- Understanding crime
- Geopolitics: territory, security, strategy
- Political theory
- Terrorism and unconventional warfare
- Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe
How will I study my course?
- Part-tme (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years
- Part-time (structured): 8 years
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,650||£12,000|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,820||£6,000|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,940||£2,000|
Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics course there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:
- Teaching and research
- Television and media
- Social policy in national and local government
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What our students, graduates and staff say
I think the style of teaching is great. We are living in a more technology-based world and the lectures reflect real working practices. The modules develop your critical thinking and research skills which is important in the social science field.
The overall atmosphere and welcoming nature of the university is amazing. After I complete this course I’m hoping to do my masters in politics with a view to having a career in research.
Ronan Young is studying on the BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics at our Perth College UHI campus.
Apply for Sociology and Politics BA (Hons)
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