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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Our BSc Social Psychology and Sociology examines how people function in society from a number of different perspectives, both theoretical and applied. We cover a variety of topics and issues in social psychology and sociology, using diverse approaches from both disciplines. Research methods covered reflect the breadth of our programme and include qualitative methods, survey research methods, experimental methods and evaluation methods.

    Our programme aims:
    1. To provide a critical understanding of the different disciplines relevant to human social activity;
    2. To enable you to understand and collect evidence using research methods including questionnaire surveys, interviews and controlled studies;
    3. To enable you to carry out an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up;
    4. To develop your understanding of current debates and discussions about the nature of social and scientific knowledge; and
    5. To provide an understanding of the relationships between relevant academic theories and practice in social care and health professions.
    Graduates will be well placed to pursue a career in a health setting, such as clinical or counselling work, personnel or management, occupational therapist or occupational psychology. Our programme can also form the basis for fast-track graduate conversion within our School into nursing (adult and mental health), occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy, or British Psychological Society (BPS) graduate membership in psychology. You will also be well placed to obtain jobs working in the health and social care sector, such as health promotion, management, research and development, IT and audit.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 11950 Year (International)
    Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year 1

    • Introduction to Health Studies
    • Sociology and the Modern World: Sociological Analysis I;
    • Discovering Psychology: The Science Behind Human Behaviour; and
    • Research Skills for Health Sciences
    Year 2
    • Health, Illness and Society;
    • Social Psychology;
    • Continuity and Controversy in Sociology;
    • andoptional modules
    Year 3
    • Critical Social Psychology:
    • Discourse Groups and Behaviour;
    • research project;
    • Current Disputes in Sociology:
    • Sociological Analysis III;
    • andoptional modules

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    A Levels: 300-280 points on a maximum of 21 units, including BB-BC at A-level
    AVCE: 300-280 points on a maximum of 21 units, including BB-BC in 12 unit Health and Social Care
    BTEC National Diploma: MDD-MMD
    Scottish Highers: ABBB-BBBB
    Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBCC-CCCCCC
    International Baccalaureate: 30-28 points
    European Baccalaureate: 80-70%

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.


    For home and EU students your main source of funding will be government loans, as well as University bursaries and scholarships.

    While international students may be eligible for some scholarships, as well as additional funding from charities and trusts, it is imperative that you do not travel to the UK or begin your studies without ensuring you have enough money to cover all fees and living expenses. It is virtually impossible to make arrangements for financial support once you have left your home country, while the immigration authorities are unlikely to allow you UK entry unless you have evidence that you can cover the costs of your study.

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