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Politics and Sociology BSc
Politics and Sociology BSc

Politics and Sociology BSc

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirement

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)

  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)

Course Information

Politics and Sociology at Brunel is a dynamic combination of high level study in both subjects. Your politics studies will help you address critical questions like: Who has political power? Why do they have it? And in whose interest do they exercise it?

Meanwhile, your studies in sociology will look at subjects like sociological theory, social identities, the sociology of everyday life and the changing nature of modern societies. You’ll be studying people, societies and how people live, and on the other how they are governed or want to be governed.

Both subjects will help to demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs and real life issues, which will be an asset in so many fields of work.

Whether you’re studying modern world politics or the development of social change and transformations, you’ll not just learn about them, you’ll be analysing them using the tools of political science and social science to help deepen your understanding and critical thinking.

Opt for a placement year and you'll gain valuable experience to help give you the edge in the job market when you come to graduate. Past students have secured placements in the Home Office, HM Treasury, the House of Commons, and the Competition Commission, but the list of possibilities is endless.

It’s a competitive world out there, so you’ll get plenty of support from your lecturers and the University’s Professional Development Centre to help prepare you for your placement year and the world of work.

But why not increase your career options with an accredited journalism course, a free modern language course, or a social media internship? You can even opt to study part of your degree abroad in one of our partner universities in Europe, or participate in an exchange programme to China or the USA.

It’s all available at Brunel to help you make a difference in the world – now and in the future.

Brunel graduates of this subject enter diverse careers. Some go into politics and the civil service, some are at GCHQ and military intelligence, and some go on to further study or into research.

Others go into the public sector – the NHS, social or care work, education or in local authorities, while others go into the private sector working for international banks, business consultancy, law, NGOs, the media and marketing. The opportunities are endless.

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Year 1


  • PP1600 - Research Design and Qualitative methods in Politics

  • PP1601 - Modern Political Thought

  • PP1068 - Modern British Politics

  • SO1604 - Key Ideas in Sociology

  • SO1602 - Contemporary Society and Media

  • SO1700 - Making Sense of Culture and Society

Year 2


  • PP2611 - Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice

  • SO2022 - Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture

  • SO2604 - Visual Cultures

  • SO2605 - Apocalypse! Crisis and Society

  • PP2623 Comparative Electoral Systems


  • PP2030 - US Foreign Policy

  • PP2061 Issues in American Politics

  • PP2613 - National Security Intelligence

  • PP2614 - Ancient Greek Political Thought: Ancient Greek Political Thought: Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics

  • PP2615 - Unity and Cultural Diversity

  • PP2616 The Cinema and Politics

  • PP2617 Social Welfare: Politics and Policy

  • PP2618 Political Behaviour in Britain

  • PX2607 - The State and Revolution

Year 3


  • PP3070 - Dissertation

  • SO3611 - Sociology Dissertation


  • CO3602 - Comedy, the Media and Society

  • SO3610 - Racism, Identity and Difference

  • SO3609 - Digital Cultures

  • SO3604 - Global Cities: Spaces and Culture

  • CO3603 - Changing Audiences

  • PP3001 - Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • PP3003 - European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects

  • PP3013 Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony

  • PP3068 Media, Politics and Power in America

  • PP3604 - Public Policy Analysis

  • PP3605 Parliamentary Studies

  • PP3607 History of Political Philosophy

  • PP3618 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • PP3609 Advanced Applied Quantitative Methods

  • PP3611 Karl Marx and the Critique of Political Economy

  • PP3614 Researching Contemporary Issues in British Politics

  • PP3612 Elections, Parties and Voters in the UK

  • PX3609 - Crisis and Critique

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

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Insurance – Single: 300 GBP per year

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