BA (Hons) Sociology and Psychology

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Benefit from our location and industry connection to increase your employability
  • Access specialist facilities on campus to support your learning
  • Tailor your learning to fit your unique interests with a focus on activism

Are you keen to champion social change? 

You’re passionate about understanding and addressing the issues that shape 21st century societies. You’re fascinated by the intricate workings on modern day communities and want to make a significant difference to the world around you, at local, national and international levels. This course will provide you with the transferable skills and expertise to be able to put your passion for social change into practice in a variety of fields. 

Bringing Sociology and Psychology together, you’ll get the best of both worlds by exploring the connections between both subjects. You will cover both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of sociology and psychology. As you progress through your studies, you will build a multi-dimensional understanding of how power is exercised and normalised at all levels of society.  

You’ll be part of a vibrant community and will learn from inspiring lecturers who offer a combination of real-world experience and cutting-edge research. You will gain from their wealth of knowledge in health and social care, politics, popular culture, migration, education, crime and law. 

Our on-campus facilities, including our Psychology observation room, will help bring the theoretical aspects of your learning to life, giving you first-hand practical experience before you graduate. 

You will graduate with a highly sought-after range of transferable skills and insights into how society works. Our existing industry connections alongside our dedicated Careers and Employment team will offer you support to help kickstart your career. 

With our favourably located campus, you will benefit from good access to resources and opportunities within Hertfordshire and in London. You’ll be exposed to a wider range of possibilities to explore in both social and professional capacities. 

What's the course about?

The joint degree in Sociology and Psychology offers you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of key areas and research skills in both disciplines. In addition, you will also critically reflect on the synergies between them for developing a holistic understanding of society and behaviour. 

The focus across the programme on current issues, critical and creative thinking and applied social research prepares graduates for a wide range of careers. 

Your main campus is de Havilland 

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

Teaching will be delivered through a mix of face-to-face and online learning and will vary according to the characteristics of each module. Workshops are used for modules where practical skills taught are taught enhanced by the supervision of experts, but there are also seminars and lectures. This course is 100% coursework based. Assessments will include critical news analysis, group projects, annotated source assignments and manifestos, and drafting critical policy papers storyboards. 

In your first year, you will receive a secure grounding in necessary skills and knowledge necessary including core topics in sociology and psychology. You will engage in practical exercises and authentic assessment methods, building your ability to effectively 

In your second year, there is increasingly the opportunity to follow your own interests in Psychology and Sociology. You will develop core research and employability skills through a close examination of how individual motivations, feelings and behaviour is influenced by the wider social context at hand.  You will also have the option to add on a beginner’s language aimed specifically at social sciences, with the option to choose from French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese. 

In your final year, you will build on the skills gained in your previous years of study and will have the opportunity to choose modules that appeal to your specific interests. You will also have the option to work on a final year project where you will be able to carry out sustained research on a sociological subject of their own choice, supported by a supervisor. You will complete the Programme with an understanding of where you own values might take you in the next stage of their lives and give them an understanding of how social change and activism can be achieved in a professional context. 

A BA (Hons) Sociology degree is also available which explores both the traditional and cutting-edge aspects of sociology, with a thread of activism connecting all modules.