- Gain an insight into culture and society and explore the nature and complexity of human social life and the key challenges faced by diverse human societies
- You’ll examine social, political, historical, cultural and economic issues and social groups such as families, companies, churches, crowds and political parties
- Our diverse range of modules cover everything from addiction and consumption to race and cyborg studies meaning you can tailor your degree to your own interests and career aspirations
- You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with and be inspired by academic staff who are at the cutting edge of research and academic debate
- We’ll provide you with a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers across a wide range of careers from social research to teaching or management
Top 15 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research
100% of our Sociology research has internationally excellent impact*
*Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA
Doing Sociology and Anthropology meant that there were so many modules to choose from. I found all of my lecturers and tutorial leaders to be engaging and they helped to make the course even more interesting. It’s given me a new world-view on a number of topics I wouldn’t necessarily have considered.
Undergraduate student, BA Sociology and Anthropology
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade||N/A|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
The Sociology and Anthropology degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year. In combined honours degrees like this you will take an equal amount of credits from each subject.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UCAS code: L3L7
Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.
Why Study Abroad?
Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.
Where can I Study Abroad?
We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.
Does it count towards my degree?
Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.
How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?
For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. You will continue to receive a maintenance loan if you are eligible for this whilst on your Study Abroad year.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £21,500 per year
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods and also ensure that you have regular tutorials with your tutor, together with a small group of students to discuss oral and written assignments.
- Group work
- Small group tutorials
- Independent study
You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.
How will I be assessed?
- Field work notebooks
- Dissertation in your final year
You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.
As a Sociology and Anthropology graduate you will have the ability to understand human culture, society and behaviour which will be attractive to employers across a wide spectrum of employers. Alongside this you will also develop a range of professional, academic and personal skills including:
- Analytical, critical and independent thinking
- Qualitative research
- Interview techniques and running of focus groups
- Sensory analysis and interpretation and use of data
- Independent research
- Discussion and group work
- Written and verbal communication
- Articulating ideas and arguments
- Organising, planning and time management
The wealth of transferable skills gained on a Sociology and Anthropology degree enables graduate to pursue further study or employment in a wide range of careers including:
- Actuaries, economists and statisticians
- Archivists and curators
- Information technology professionals
- Insurance underwriters
- Legal associate professionals
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Police officers
- Prison service officers
- Teaching professionals
- Youth and community workers
Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award
Many of our students participate in The Exeter Award and The Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.
Developing your skills and career prospects
We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers.
The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.
I love the variety of options within sociology and criminology and how you can completely tailor the course to fit your personal preferences.
In first year I really particularly enjoyed the crime aspects of the course so chose to take Forensic Science in my second year. This was such a fun module and nothing I had ever done before.
My favourite thing about living in Exeter is how easy it is to explore the countryside nearby. I often will cycle to Exmouth Beach on weekends or take the train further afield into Cornwall
Undergraduate student, BSc Sociology and Criminology