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Philosophy and Sociology BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: LV35

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This exciting and varied Joint Honours degree examines some of the most important questions affecting both the individual and society. While exploring the ways in which societies are organised and structured, you’ll consider important questions: why are we here? How do we know what we know – or can we ever know anything at all?

Core modules will introduce you to key concepts, themes and methods in both subjects such as class, gender, ethics, political philosophy and how to construct arguments. The diversity of research interests at Leeds allows us to offer an impressive range of optional modules on topics such as philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, crime and deviance, gender, aesthetics, disability, philosophy of language, feminist philosophy or race and ethnicity.

Learning from expert tutors across two fascinating subjects, you’ll gain a variety of skills while exploring how society and the individual relate to each other, as well as how individuals understand the world.

Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, theology and religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

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Course content

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key topics and approaches in philosophy and sociology, as you apply sociological principles to today’s society and explore topics like ethics, political philosophy and how to construct arguments. You’ll also choose from optional modules across topics such as the philosophy of the mind, and the history of scientific thought.

Once you have this grounding, you’ll be able to expand your knowledge with a wider range of choice in both subjects. You’ll choose a central philosophy module to study and then be free to focus on whichever area suits you, ranging from political philosophy and ethics to philosophy of science and religion. You’ll also choose from an array of optional modules covering sociological topics like global terorism, drugs, racism, protest movements and disability studies.

Throughout your degree, you’ll develop subject knowledge alongside skills in research, interpretation, critical thinking and analysis. You’ll be able to put these into practice in your final year, when you’ll conduct independent research on a topic of your choice for your research project.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

Compulsory modules

How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits
Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits
Formations of Modernity 20 credits
The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
Knowledge, Self and Reality 20 credits
Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits
Crime and Deviance 20 credits
Identities, Inequalities and Policy in Contemporary Society 20 credits
Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Central Problems in Sociology 20 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Introduction to the Philosophy of Language 20 credits
Formal Logic 20 credits
Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence 20 credits
Introduction to Metaphysics 20 credits
Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
The Sociology of Gender 20 credits
Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies 20 credits
Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Metaethics 20 credits
Philosophy of Mind 20 credits
Feminist Philosophy 20 credits
War, Terror and Justice 20 credits
Education, Culture and Society 20 credits
Ethnicity and Popular Culture 20 credits
Disability Rights and the International Policy Context 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Philosophy and Sociology BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and the School of Sociology and Social Policy are both home to tutors who are experts in their fields.

To help you make the most of their knowledge and experience, we use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and occasionally workshops. However, we emphasise the importance of independent study as an integral element of the degree, since it gives you the best opportunity to develop your skills in research and analysis.


Exams and essays are among the types of assessment we normally use, but some modules may also incorporate group work or oral presentations as assessed components. We offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds to help you handle assessments, such as extra classes on public speaking and exam technique.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB

GCSE: grade 4/C in Mathematics.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required. 4/C in Mathematics at GCSE is also required.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80%.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Sociology will equip you with diverse subject knowledge as well as a wide range of transferable skills, all of which are very attractive to employers in a range of sectors.

You’ll be a confident communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, both verbally and in writing. You’ll work well in a team or independently and have strong research skills, as well as the ability to analyse different types of information from multiple sources. Because you’ve handled two different subjects, you’ll also have good organisational skills.

Graduates have gone on to succeed in a range of careers that reflect the diversity of the degree, such as social work, the charity sector, education, journalism, law, marketing, the creative industries and the civil service. Many also progress to postgraduate study in related disciplines.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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