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Diploma in Sociology

About the Diploma programme

This programme offers a route into Sociology for students with little or no knowledge of the social sciences, providing a good one-year foundation that would allow you to proceed to one of our master’s programmes in the following year.

Joining this programme will give you:

  • The opportunity to start your sociology studies at the only specialist social science institution in the UK.
  • The chance to encounter sociology through the teaching of internationally recognised researchers who cover both the established and emerging areas of sociological research and debate.
  • The possibility of continuing onto further postgraduate study in the social sciences.
  • The opportunity to develop critical understandings of the ways in which societies work,  techniques of social research and skills in communication through systematic argument. The skills that you develop in research techniques and computing will enable you to assemble, interpret and use social statistics.

Programme details

The programme introduces students who may be unfamiliar with sociology to empirical and conceptual analysis.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units through a combination of full and/or half option course units from a list of undergraduate courses offered within the Department.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Students go into a wide variety of professions, such as teaching, research, politics, public administration, the social and health services, advertising, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, industry, accounting, marketing, personnel and management.



Application code: L3ED (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 0/12

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £11,568; overseas £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions