Sociology studies the ways that people organise their lives together, the constraints within which they do so, the patterns of their social behaviour and what makes societies stable or unstable.
We have a well-established Sociology programme which can include both sociology and anthropology courses. The integration of both disciplines is a particular strength, adding a global dimension to our sociology teaching.
You will be introduced to the discipline of sociology and to the key concepts, theories and methods sociologists use to understand the nature of contemporary societies and processes of social change. Through studying classic and contemporary examples of sociological research from a range of different societies, you will explore what it means to think sociologically about topics such as class, gender, crime and control, the body, religion and the media.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In the following year you will deepen your understanding of inequalities, social identities and social change in a global context, by examining a range of examples drawn from sociology and related disciplines, and by employing a higher level of theoretical consideration.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second years you may progress to two further years of study for an Honours degree.
You will choose from a very wide range of course options such as
- Black radical social thought
- Class and stratification
- Disability and society
- Drugs and culture
- Global civil society and human rights
- Punishment and society
- Social theory
- Sociological alternatives: ways to change the world
- Sociology of racism
- Understanding and explaining crime
- Violence and social harm
- Young people and social change.
One of the distinctive features of our Sociology programme, commented on by external examiners, is our combination of both sociological and anthropological perspectives.
At Honours, it is possible to do this degree together with a language. It usually involves spending a year abroad between the second and third years of the programme. This type of degree is particularly useful if you hope to develop a career overseas.
An Honours degree in Sociology from Glasgow will prepare you for employment in a number of fields that require a sophisticated, critical and questioning understanding of the workings of society. Our graduates are now employed in the media, with city councils, development agencies, in market research, data analysis, business management, housing and education.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAB (including English or a humanities subject/language) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAA or AAABB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. English or a humanities subject/language at grade A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AAAB, AABBB or AABB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.