Course duration
Full-time: 4 years

About the course
Social Science is a very flexible degree, and allows students to choose from a wide range of modules in applied psychology, criminology, politics and social policy. These are then combined with a set of sociological and social research modules, which focus on core debates and issues across the social sciences.

Applicants to these programmes will need to satisfy any of the following minimum Entry requirements:
a) Certificate – at least 3 A'level credits including English
b) Diploma – At least five A'level credits including English.
Those with four (4) credits can be admitted on condition that they obtain one more subject before graduation
c) Degree – Five A'level credits including English/or a diploma in a relevant field from a recognized institution.

Course structure
The degree aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding in general sociological theories and social research methods, while giving them the opportunity to choose an area of applied social science in which to exercise that knowledge and understanding.

These option choices can be focused on one area, for example criminology or psychology, throughout the degree. Alternatively, students can choose to take a variety of options drawn from different areas of applied social science.

There is great emphasis on developing both academic and vocational skills.
Opportunities are available for exchange study in France, Spain, Sweden and the USA. Students with competence in Spanish and/or French are particularly welcome.

Areas of study
Year 1 introduces the key social sciences of sociology, psychology, and economics along with social research methods.

Year 2 continues this exploration by deepening students' understanding of key perspectives in sociological theory and social research methods. Students choose options in the applied social sciences of criminology, psychology, social policy, and environmentalism. There is an opportunity to take a vocationally-oriented placement, and to investigate in depth topics of interest within the applied social sciences.

The year 3 to 4 dissertation gives students a chance to analyse at length a topic of interest within their area of study. The dissertation is supported by other modules, and students broaden and deepen their understanding of their optional areas of applied social science.


Year 1:

  1. Sociological Imaginations
  2. Contemporary Social Inequalities
  3. Foundations of Sociology
  4. Introduction to Research Methods

One from:

  1. Introduction to Applied Psychology
  2. Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
  3. Social Policy and Social Welfare
  4. What is Politics / Politics in Brighton

One from:

  1. Social Policy: Needs and Problems
  2. Developmental Psychology
  3. Theories of Crime
  4. European Politics

Year 2

  1. Theorising the Social World
  2. Researching Social and Cultural Life
  3. Community Engagement: Theory into Practice or Critical Analysis

One from:

  1. Psychology, Cognition and Social Worlds
  2. Criminologies of Crime Control
  3. History and Social Policy
  4. Comparative Politics

Two from:

  1. Sociology of the Life Course
  2. Social Justice, Welfare and Wellbeing
  3. Political Ideas
  4. Critical Perspectives on Criminal Justice

Year 3

  1. Sociology Topic 1 (Options)

Year 4

  1. Dissertation

One from:

  1. Topics in Applied Psychology
  2. Policy Analysis
  3. Global Social Policy
  4. Environmental Politics
  5. Cross-Cultural Criminology
  6. Global Issues: Crime, Power, Harm

Two from:

  1. Care Ethics and Social Policy
  2. Sociology Topic 2 (Options)
  3. Contemporary Studies in Crime and Justice 1
  4. Critical Community Psychology
  5. Critical Addiction Studies
  6. Transport, Mobility and Social Exclusion
  7. Global Political Architecture