This programme is currently under development and may be subject to change
Our School has an intellectually challenging approach to research and education. Studying Social Sciences at Royal Holloway means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts from within sociology, criminology, law, social policy and social work who will share their research and experience so that you gain invaluable skills, such as research and data analysis, which are highly sought after by employers.
The BSc Social Sciences will help you to take a broad view of current social issues, and explore them from a range of different perspectives. It will introduce you to understanding society and people in society, not only from sociological and social policy perspectives, but also from socio-legal and applied ethical viewpoints.
Our approach to social issues involves a practical approach to research which includes evaluating policy and service provision and undertaking practical research projects.
This degree course will also provide you with practical experience of working with individuals and groups in society through a credited volunteer module, and there is also an optional year in industry module.
- A rigorous and critical approach to understanding people in society
- Practical experience of working with individuals and groups in communities
- Broad academic training including social legal perspectives and applied ethics
- Practical skills in evaluation and research
Teaching & assessment
- ’You will complete 120 credits each year mainly made up either 15 or 30 credit units.’In the first year all units are compulsory in the second and third year there will some choice of optional units, including a 30 credit ‘Year in Industry’ unit.
- Teaching will involve a range of methods including, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, peer group work and practical activities (such as court visits and engagement with community groups)
- Assessment will involve a range of methods including, essays, examinations and tests and practical projects.
- Throughout the course a tutor will be available to you to provide advice on the choice of courses and to offer pastoral support.
- In the final year of the course you will undertake a research project and you will be allocated a specialist dissertation supervisor to support you with this.
A Levels: ABB-BBB
- At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Other UK and Ireland Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start. Find out what scores we require.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here.
For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you may progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Your future career
The Social Sciences degree course will provide you with critical thinking and research method skills, which are paramount in a number of careers.
The degree course has a strong vocational strand running throughout, preparing you for your future career, whether you are interested in working in human services and social enterprise or want to move into professional roles or undertaking future training at Postgraduate level in areas such as social work, nursing, law and other related areas.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £17300
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students who have already taken out a tuition fee loan for undergraduate study should check their eligibility for additional funding directly with the relevant awards body.
*The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2019/20, the fee is £9,250 for that year, shown here for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK undergraduates starting their degree in 2020/21 has not yet been confirmed. The Government has also confirmed that EU nationals starting a degree in 2020/21 will pay the same fee as UK students for the duration of their course.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.