Social Sciences

Think differently about the world you live in. Explore global and local issues. Gain experience in relevant organisations, and graduate equipped to help change society for the better.

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Courses we offer

You will always be developing up-to-date knowledge about the very best of current policy and practice on our courses because we have excellent working partnerships with a wide range of local companies and organisations. Take a look below to find the right one for you.

Undergraduate courses

BSc (Hons) Sociology
Full-time/Part-time

BSc (Hons) Sociology

Aspire to make a difference; look at the most important issues facing our society today such as political economy, families, poverty, culture, sexual politics and much more. Study up-to-date sociological theory alongside a wide range of sociological topics, with a strong emphasis on professional opportunities and employability.

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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Prepare yourself for the increasing number of jobs in the highly rewarding areas of health and social care. Develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as psychosocial perspectives of health, counselling, research, health improvement and behaviour change.

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 BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies
Full-time

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies

Make a real difference to the lives of young people aged between 13 and 19 and their communities. Become a professionally qualified youth worker with a course accredited and endorsed by the National Youth Agency.

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BA (Hons) Social Work
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Social Work

Develop your ability to work effectively with children, young people and vulnerable adults, and shadow qualified social workers in practice. This course combines an honours degree with a professional qualification in social work approved by Social Work England and endorsed by the College of Social Work.

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BSc (Hons) Criminology
Full-time/Part-time

BSc (Hons) Criminology

Learn about crime, criminal behaviour and punishment, visit criminal courts and prisons, and take advantage of volunteering opportunities and an optional placement in a relevant organisation. Develop analytical and practical skills in both quantitative and qualitative research, often needed for further academic study, and highly sought after by employers.

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BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (0-11 years)
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Refine your professional approach, build up the graduate attributes of a reflective practitioner, and cover a range of topics that include child development, early years, the primary curriculum and family studies. Combine practical skills with academic rigour, and work more effectively with children in a variety of contexts.

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sociology
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BSc (Hons) Sociology course, with an integrated foundation year. Aspire to make a difference; look at the most important issues facing our society today such as political economy, families, poverty, culture, sexual politics and much more.

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health and social
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course, with an integrated foundation year. Prepare yourself for the increasing number of jobs in the highly rewarding areas of health and social care. Develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as psychosocial perspectives of health, counselling, research, health improvement and behaviour change.

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criminology
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BSc (Hons) Criminology course, with an integrated foundation year. Learn about crime, criminal behaviour and punishment, visit criminal courts and prisons, and take advantage of volunteering opportunities and an optional placement in a relevant organisation.

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childhood
Full-time

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (0-11 years) with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, with an integrated foundation year. Refine your professional approach, build up the graduate attributes of a reflective practitioner, and cover a range of topics that include child development, early years, the primary curriculum and family studies. Combine practical skills with academic rigour, and work more effectively with children in a variety of contexts.

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youth work
Full-time

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies course, with an integrated foundation year. Make a real difference to the lives of young people aged between 13 and 19 and their communities. Become a professionally qualified youth worker with a course accredited and endorsed by the National Youth Agency.

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BA (Hons) Education and Curriculum Studies (Top-Up)
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up)

Want to top-up a Foundation Degree to a full honours degree? Take advantage of a degree-level opportunity for professional development that is perfect if you are working with young people in the early years or primary education sectors. Take up an optional pathway in Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies.  

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education
Part-time

(Foundation Degree) Education and Care

Working with young people in nurseries, primary schools, youth centres or similar setting? This foundation degree provides a professional development opportunity for you, mixing academic rigour with practical skills that you can apply directly to your workplace. Open doors to new opportunities in the education and care of young people.

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Fd Health and Social Care
Full-time

(Foundation Degree) Health and Social Care

Have experience in the field of health and social care? This foundation degree, which has been developed in recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of current and future occupational destinations within the health and social care fields, will help you build on your knowledge and add to your skills. Understand organisational dynamics and specialise in particular pathways, areas and topics of interest.

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BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies - PT
Part-time

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies - PT

Make a real difference to the lives of young people aged between 13 and 19 and their communities. Become a professionally qualified youth worker with a course accredited and endorsed by the National Youth Agency.

Find out more about Community and Youth Work Studies
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care - PT
Part-time

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Prepare yourself for the increasing number of jobs in the highly rewarding areas of health and social care. Develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as psychosocial perspectives of health, counselling, research, health improvement and behaviour change.

Find out more about Health and Social Care
Students chatting
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care via Study Centres

Prepare yourself for the increasing number of jobs in the highly rewarding areas of health and social care. Develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as psychosocial perspectives of health, counselling, research, health improvement and behaviour change.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Postgraduate courses

University of Sunderland students in class
Full-time/Part-time

MSc Inequality and Society

Why are some groups more equal than others? Why does inequality happen and how can we tackle it? This exciting and unique course will offer you the chance to deepen your understanding of inequality in our social world, both locally and globally.

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MA Social Work
Full-time/Part-time

MA Social Work

Earn a qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Combine theory and practice. Undertake high quality work placements with employers across public/voluntary and private sectors endorsed by the College of Social Work.

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MSc Practice Development
Full-time/Part-time

MSc Practice Development

Do you want to be at the forefront of practice development in your discipline or practice setting? If so, this exciting and stimulating course is for you. It will challenge your thinking and help you develop your critical ability, practice development, leadership and research skills.

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Student in the library
Full-time/Part-time

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Take your education to the next level. Choose the areas you want to study, and which questions you want to research. Take the initiative while we support you with advice, guidance and facilities.

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Medicine
Full-time/Part-time

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

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A book
Part-time

DProf Professional Doctorate

Study for a doctoral qualification based on your professional role. Reflect on contemporary issues in the workplace.

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A book
Part-time

PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work

Take the fastest route to a PhD. Convert your previous research outputs into a qualification which will increase your employability and open up new opportunities. Progress your academic career and add credibility in applications for research funding.

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A stack of books
Part-time

Higher Doctorate

Take your academic career to the highest level. Make a very significant and sustained contribution to your subject. Gain an elite qualification that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Make a difference

Social Sciences help us understand and contribute to our complex society. Here at Sunderland, our Social Science courses develop skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork that will help you make a difference in changing society for the better, and our research in Social Work was described as ‘world-leading’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework.

You can also boost your employability further by utilising the strong partnerships we have with employers, voluntary organisations, local authorities and hospitals, providing you with the opportunity to further your learning in an environment that allows you to make a real difference.

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Work relevant courses

Several of our Social Science courses have been designed with Continuing Professional Development in mind and some also have professional accreditation. They are particularly relevant if you work in the field of health and social care, or work with children, young people, families and the elderly, and want to update your skills for the new multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working practices.

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