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School of Humanities

Philosophy and Sociology

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

The Sociology and Philosophy degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major philosophical and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

The Sociology and Philosophy degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major philosophical and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code VL53
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

The Sociology and Philosophy degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major philosophical and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can engage with concepts and theories within Sociology and Philosophy, and to develop specialised subject vocabularies.

The degree encourages individuals to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems.

Students have the opportunity to undertake community placements as part of the course. Such experiences broaden your academic knowledge, deepen your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhance opportunities for employment.

Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of practical issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas.

What happens on the course?

In the first year, key concepts and methods are introduced to allow students to develop a 'sociological imagination' and understand the meaning of thinking ethically. and use reason critically.

The second year deepens students' understanding of sociological theories and research methods, and broadens philosophical knowledge through studying ethical theories and theories of knowledge. Students also have the opportunity to explore social aspects of contemporary Britain, including, gender and sexuality.


The final year enables you to specialise in case studies around conflict, nationality and identity through modules such as "Gender and Development in the 'Third World'", "Globalisation: Struggles and Resistance", "Work and Society", and "Global Education Issues". They will explore major developments in philosophy through modules such as  "Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity"; "Philosophy of Mind"; "Self and Other"; "Political Theory". Students will also work with an academic supervisor on a research project tailored to their own personal interest, or on a research project based in a community organisation.


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Everything you need to know about this course!


  • The combination of Sociology and Philosophy provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to analyse and understand aspects of contemporary life.
  • This course involves work and community placements at every level of study, allowing students to put their knowledge into practice thereby deepening appreciation of these two disciplines and enhancing employment opportunities.
  • Students will be taught by skilled staff committed to high quality teaching and with record of internationally recognized research. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest developments in the disciplines of Sociology and Philosophy.
  • Students will have the opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the university.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement"

The members of academic staff who lead this course are Meena Dhanda & Shirin Housee   


A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of sociological thought;
  2. the ability to critically review, evaluate and analyse a wide range of evidence and competing sociological perspectives and develop a reasoned argument in the evaluation of evidence;
  3. the ability to conduct research in a preliminary way and communicate and present findings in appropriate formats showing self-management, IT skills, digital literacy and enterprise.
  4. familiarity with specialized philosophical vocabulary; drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy, between Philosophy and Sociology, and in practical contexts;
  5. openness to reasoned dialogue with others in contexts of problem identification, analysis and response in a multi-cultural and global context;
  6. integrity in recognizing valid arguments, especially ones with unlikely, unfamiliar or disagreeable characteristics and consequences;

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trips

£100 - Partially subsidised trips may include: Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Beth Shalom, local places of Worship

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.


The following comments are from Sociology and Philosophy students:


“The Sociology staff are so supportive. My educational journey in Sociology has made me feel I can do anything I want to and do it well. Upon graduating with my degree in Sociology, I decided to do my postgraduate studies at Wolverhampton University too, as the experience of the Sociology staff meant I didn't want to go anywhere else.”


“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)


The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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