Studying sociology

Why study sociology with us?

Sociology, as one of the foundational social science disciplines, helps us to understand and change the world in which we live. Our programme consistently receives excellent satisfaction scores from our students and we are ranked amongst the top ten universities in the country for sociology for student satisfaction with teaching – 4th out of 88 institutions (Guardian University Guide 2018).

Teaching and learning
Sociology has been taught at the University of Plymouth since 1975 and we are a team who are nationally and internationally renowned in the discipline. You will be taught by a group of passionate and committed academics who have active and wide-ranging research expertise. We are friendly and accessible with an established personal tutoring system that supports your learning. Teaching is informed by high quality research, with 62 per cent of our research rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Our pioneering work-based learning programme provides placement opportunities to enhance your employability. We also offer field trips and international exchange opportunities. There are plenty of opportunities to broaden your horizons by engaging in voluntary work and getting involved in our student society.

Careers advice
We embed careers training and advice throughout the curriculum, which means we help you to find and develop a career path that is right for you, as an integral part of the degree using a dedicated team of personal tutors and careers advisers.

Throughout the course we develop key transferable skills that are actively sought by employers. Sociology at Plymouth has a strong applied focus with a particular focus on critical thinking skills, research methods, and project management. Publishing, media, leisure, museums, social research, the police, teaching, local and central government, and the voluntary sector, are all areas where our inquisitive and competent graduates can be found. Our work-based learning programme gives you the edge when applying for graduate jobs.


Sociology Talk Series

We invite members of the public, staff and students to join us in our series of sociology talks. An open ‘exchange space’ to share and brew ideas and to discuss social, cultural, and political issues

View our upcoming events