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School of Social Sciences


Studying social science is, broadly speaking, looking at how society around us works and incorporates diverse topics such as economics, environmental studies, anthropology and politics. Our research provides us with an opportunity to have a significant and positive impact on people’s lives. From international research on dementia, to contributions to teaching and social work practises, our work makes a difference. Gain a comprehensive understanding of society, culture and human interaction and develop relevant skills for employment including the ability to think critically and analytically. We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Discover Uni is currently piloting use of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes data to demonstrate possible career progression; it is important to note that this is experimental and its use may be modified as it embeds.
  • After your first year, the emphasis on independent learning becomes greater, for example you may do a final year project in the final year.
  • How psychological theories and investigation can inform procedures followed in these organisations.
  • Theories, methods and empirical data relevant to psychological development throughout the lifespan.
  • Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Short lists of some important books in the individual subjects on offer in the HSPS degree. See Entrance requirementsandChoosing your post-16 subjectsfor additional guidance and conditions of entry. Please note that it’s not possible to change track between Years 2 and 3, unless switching from a two-subject track to one of the subjects within it. Some final year papers require you to have taken a relevant Year 2 paper.

Applied Social Sciences

Human beings interact with the physical world and each other to produce artefacts and services that support and enhance their lives – offering usefulness and pleasure. Economics is the study of the principles, laws and dynamics that drive these economic processes; about how such wealth is created and subsequently distributed. Social science comprises 15 major disciplines and many sub-disciplines and specialisms.

A volunteer/work placement with an external organisation over two terms. The prison system, the experience of imprisonment and penal policy and practice in the UK. You can also organise your degree studies around a subject pathway preference from any of those on offer. This way, you can specialise in a particular subject stream, and will have this as a named component of your final degree award. This cross-disciplinary degree course aims to develop your ability to think in different ways and acquire valuable intellectual skills, preparing you for working in an ever-changing, knowledge-based economy. This course is advanced entry only to Year 3 or Year 4 depending on your previous qualifications.

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You’ll learn to assimilate and interpret vastly differing viewpoints and information, developing them in the context of social theories and practices. Social sciences offer an insight into many different aspects of our lives as individuals and as part of society. The University of Birmingham has become the first Higher Educational establishment to introduce climate change into its BSc Accountancy and Finance degree course. A new summer school will focus on the impact of Covid-19 on European health and well-being. In our latest blog, as part of the 50th anniversary series, Dr Christiane Shrimpton provides us with personal reflection on the impact of the Bevan programme. There can be few things as rewarding as making a tangible difference in shaping the lives of young people, inspiring and mentoring them to become the best they can be.

Gain a grounding from a social theoretical perspective, including current debates and trends in human rights. The challenges of managing in complex international business environments. And how participation has the potential to enhance physical, social and mental health and well-being. You must study and pass four option modules, two each from your chosen subject pathways, or from the Sociology options. For your two chosen subject pathways, choose one module from Group A and one from Group B. If you wish to graduate with a BA Social Science then at least 60 credits must come from the same named subject pathway.

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With a diverse range of globally recognised courses, we’ll help you to be the difference in your chosen career. From sociology to education, all of our social science courses are taught by lecturers who are experts in their fields. Our teaching is underpinned by research and real-world experience, so that you are prepared for a career in your chosen field. Approachable, friendly staff, and relatively small group sizes create a more informal learning environment, which is valued highly by our students. Innovative elective modules in the final years allow you to tailor your degree around your own areas of interest; preparing you for a rewarding career in your field of interest.

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