Undergraduate study



Social Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich L301 ABB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time L300 ABB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021


of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Top 5

in the UK for overall student satisfaction

in Communication and Media Studies

NSS 2016

Top 10

for Sociology

Sociology course overview

Our course provides you with the most up-to-date understanding of social theories, rigorous research methods and key social phenomena, including migration, gender, health, new media, youth and crime and nationalism. Sociologists study all aspects of social life including:

  • How do families, economies, health-care, immigration, media, religious beliefs and organisations change? How do these changes affect individuals’ lives and societies?
  • How are the details of our everyday life influenced by societal structures and processes?
  • Why are some groups in society denied respect and opportunities? How did such inequalities emerge?
  • Why did people in the past take certain beliefs for granted, such as ‘a woman’s place is in the home’? Are there equally questionable beliefs that we take for granted today?

Many key texts on Sociology reading lists are written by our lecturers, and we are as passionate about teaching as we are about conducting internationally excellent research.

The unique advantage of the Loughborough Sociology course is that it is located in an interdisciplinary Department. You can complement your studies with criminology and social policy, social psychology, and media and communications modules throughout the three years.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching is provided using a number of methods, including:

  • Lectures – these are larger classes used to communicate knowledge or theory to a large number of students
  • Tutorials – individual and small group work to look into the issues and topics raised during lectures in a much more in-depth way
  • Laboratory based statistics sessions – these are designed for you to develop statistical and data analytic skills
  • Self-study – this is directed study undertaken in your free time outside of timetables classes
  • Seminars – smaller classes to allow group discussion. Often you will prepare verbal and/ or visual presentation or discussion papers for these groups

Optional English Language Assistantship placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year. This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities
  • Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Foundation in Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Criminology and Social Policy
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Languages (German, French, Spanish, Mandarin)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Classical Social Theories
  • Contemporary Social Theories
  • Globalisation and its 'Others'
  • Advanced Research Methods

Plus a selection of optional modules

Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • The Individual and Society
  • Communicating Sociology
  • Gender, Sex and Society

Plus a selection of optional modules


Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment is carried out using a number of different methods. The type of method depends on the nature of the module. Methods include:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • In-class tests
  • Multiple choice examinations
  • Independent work exercises
  • Dissertation

To find out more information about teaching, learning and assessment, please see our website.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

L301 Sociology - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM

L300 Sociology - BSc (Hons)

ABB (General Studies accepted)
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,400

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

A degree in Sociology will give you an in-depth understanding of how societies, social groups and individuals operate as well as equip you with key analytical, investigative and presentation skills. Our graduates have entered a wide range of professions, including business management, human resources, careers guidance, information and communication technology, journalism, planning, public administration, public relations, social work, university research and teaching.

Professional placement year

One of the many benefits of undergraduate study in the Department of Social Sciences is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.

A professional placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations which can be based in the UK or overseas.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment.

Students are expected to secure their own placement, however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

Placement destinations differ slightly according to the subject studied, in previous years students have gone on placement to Unilever, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, NBC Universal, NHS Partnerships and The Prince’s Trust.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.

Transfer between the three and four year courses is normally possible.

Our students

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: L301

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: L300