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BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Anthropology

Explore the social and cultural dimensions of human experience, and to discover universalities and diversities in how humans live. Explore identity, class, cultural practices and social change, and their impact on everyday life around the world.

  • UCAS Code:
    LL36
  • Institution:
    B50

Why study BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Anthropology at BU?

  • This course emphasises contemporary social and political perspectives, discovering societies and cultures all over the world in the present and sometimes also in the past
  • Learn from expert sociologists and social anthropologists, as well as biological and archaeological anthropologists and criminologists 
  • You’ll develop your skills, knowledge and employability through applying theory to contemporary, real world challenges
  • Choose from either a 30-week ‘sandwich’ placement, or a shorter four-week placement – which could give you a professional skillset and crucial contacts as well as potentially making you more employable
  • Develop your own piece of research based on a topic that interests you, or aligns itself with your future career or study plans, in your final year dissertation.

Find out more about the content of this course.

What can you achieve with a sociology degree? 

This course can open up a range of career options once you graduate. You’ll develop a variety of research and analytical skills, in addition to gaining detailed knowledge of current practical social challenges and civil, critical-thinking capabilities, all skills that are sought after by employers.  

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement, Full-time

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of each of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

This course has been created as part of a co-ordinated suite of social sciences courses which also includes the following specialisations: BA (Hons) Sociology, BA (Hons) Sociology & CriminologyBA (Hons) Sociology with PoliticsBA (Hons) CriminologyBA (Hons) Criminology with PsychologyBA (Hons) Criminology with Law.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 696kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The programme offers two opportunities for you to undertake a placement, an optional Placement Learning Unit (20 days or 150 hours) in Year 2 and the Practice Placement (Sandwich option), a 30-week placement taken over the course of a full academic year between Year 2 and your Final Year.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad in locations such as Kosovo where the Department has established links with partners, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally, and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Types of anthropology degree

Your application

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in the subject as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course
  • Have an ability to read, digest and analyse information
  • Can work independently as well as in groups

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Sociology & Social Anthropology is a natural pairing, with each discipline complementing the other and opening up a range of career options once you graduate. You’ll develop a variety of research and analytical skills, in addition to gaining detailed knowledge of current practical social challenges and civil, critical-thinking capabilities, all skills that are sought after by employers.

This course can open up a range of career options once you graduate. You’ll develop a variety of research and analytical skills, in addition to gaining detailed knowledge of current practical social challenges and civil, critical-thinking capabilities, all skills that are sought after by employers.  

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

What our students think

Gemma Knights

The way the course is taught at Bournemouth gives a fresh perspective and intertwines both disciplines. Because the course covers such a wide range of topics, the career opportunities are just as wide.

Hear from our staff

Dr Rosie Read

We aim to develop students’ understandings of global interconnections across different cultures and societies, in the present day and the recent and more distant past.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.