BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Politics and Sociology

BSc  |  Placement Year:   Yes

This degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study into both politics and sociology. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players, which form a framework to understanding contemporary social and political issues, you will study challenging sociology topics in one of the best Colleges in the country.

Programme description

This degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study into both politics and sociology. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players, which form a framework to understanding contemporary social and political issues, you will study challenging sociology topics in one of the best Colleges in the country.

Key Modules

Past students have gone on to further training in law, accountancy, personnel management and other graduate degrees. They have joined the Civil Service (fast stream), have gone into publishing, journalism and the media including BBC Radio and Granada Television, have entered major financial and accountancy firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group, and have entered the fields of management and marketing with firms such as Ford, Metal Box and Rank Xerox.

Politics students benefit from excellent career prospects – graduates have gone on to become politicians, have joined local and national government organisations, or work in the private sector.

Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration (including lobbying, campaigning and fundraising), in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas. There are also openings available in business, particularly marketing and advertising, management, media, and recruitment, as well as computing, consultancy and teaching.

Module & Subject

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1

Compulsory

  • Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Modern British Politics
  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Research
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Globalisation

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Democracy and Democratisation
  • Comparative Political Institutions
  • Social Divisions: Difference and Resistance
  • Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in contemporary culture
  • Sociology of Health and Illness

Optional

Choose 1 from the following:

  • US Foreign Policy from World War II to the end of the Cold War
  • Issues in American Politics
  • Political Geography
  • Theories of International Relations
  • The State and Revolution
  • National Security Intelligence
  • Ancient Greek Political Thought
  • Unity and Cultural Diversity

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Politics Dissertation OR Sociology Dissertation
  • European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects

Optional

Choose 2 from the following:

  • Comedy, Culture and Media
  • Multiculturalism: “Race”, Ethnicity and Difference
  • The Age of New Media
  • Forensic Science and Society
  • Psychogeography
  • History of Political Thought
  • Globalisation and Governance
  • Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony
  • Media, Politics and Power in America
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Parties and Voters in the UK
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Fascism
  • Crisis and Critique
Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER