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Social sciences

Study in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and innovative School of Social Sciences with an international reputation for research excellence.

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Why study with us

In an increasingly globalised and fast-changing world, it has never been more important to understand the behaviours, attitudes and motivations of people and how opportunity and success is shaped by our interactions with the institutions and structures that surround us.

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Placements and studying abroad

Extend your study to four years, spending a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

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Excellent research

Rated 3rd in the UK for our research in Sociology (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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Employability

94% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. (DLHE 2016/17)

Courses

Criminology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our Criminology BSc is delivered by renowned social scientific scholars in our interdisciplinary research and teaching environment of our School of Social Sciences.

Criminology and Social Policy (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Criminology and Social Policy gives students the opportunity to combine study of crime, deviance and victimisation with study of wider society and the social and governmental policies within it.

Criminology and Sociology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Criminology and Sociology gives students the opportunity to combine study of crime, deviance and victimisation with study of wider society and the social processes within it.

Education (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Education is an exciting social science subject increasingly being presented as a principal means of fostering economic growth, social cohesion and personal well-being.

Human and Social Sciences (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Study our BSc Human and Social Sciences and you will be pursuing a unique opportunity to combine psychology with another social science discipline in one of the UK’s largest and most successful centres of social science.

Journalism Media and Sociology (BA)

Full time, 3 years

This modern degree enables you to make sense of society and the role of mass communications in an era of globalisation and social change.

Law and Criminology (LLB)

Full time, 3 years

Study Law and Criminology at Cardiff and gain hands on experience of Law in the real world

Law and Sociology (LLB)

Full time, 3 years

The Law and Sociology programme is taught in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, which is an established centre for teaching and researching Sociology.

Politics and Sociology (BSc Econ)

Full time, 3 years

Combining Politics with Sociology enables you to acquire a broad understanding of society.

Social Analytics (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our BSc in Social Analytics is a unique opportunity to combine social science modules including Sociology, Criminology, Social Policy, Education or Politics with cutting-edge training in quantitative research methods and a guaranteed work placement.

Social Science (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our Social Science BSc is an excellent way to obtain the maximum benefit from your time studying in one of the UK's largest and most successful centres of social science.

Sociology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Study our Sociology BSc and you will be pursuing one of the oldest and most prestigious social science disciplines in one of the UK's largest and most successful centres of social science.

Sociology and Education (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Sociology and Education BSc gives students the opportunity to combine study of two exciting social science disciplines.

Sociology and Social Policy (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Sociology and Social Policy BSc gives students the opportunity to study wider society, combining with an element of social and governmental policy.

Welsh and Education (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Education and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) gives first-language Welsh students the opportunity to combine study of Welsh with educational policy and development theory – leading onto a number of different possible career routes within the education

Our talks and videos

Studying social sciences at Cardiff University

Our virtual open day presentation gives a flavour of our undergraduate Social Science courses, how we teach, and the additional opportunities available as part of your degree.

You can also view all of our social sciences subject videos on our YouTube playlist.

School of Social Sciences

Find out more about studying at the School of Social Sciences.
The highlight of my degree was conducting my dissertation, as I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to New Zealand for a placement over the summer of my second year. I was based at the University of Auckland, carrying out research in schools.
Megan Whiteley BSc Human and Social Sciences

Learn more about us

Life as a social science student

We are very proud of our student community and are committed to helping you enjoy your time in Cardiff.

Work placements

Turn theory into practice with a work placement. The majority of our students can undertake a short work placement in their second year, or extend their studies to four years, spending the third on a professional placement.

Our teaching is informed and underpinned by the most recent academic research and scholarship

Research in the School is recognised as internationally excellent, and as having direct impact on policy and practice around the world. Many of our staff act as advisors to international organisations, Westminster and European parliaments, and the Welsh Government, as well as to public and private sector organisations.

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

Student support

Get free, impartial and confidential advice on disability and dyslexia, money, careers, counselling and more.

Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

Next steps

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View all social science undergraduate courses

Explore our courses for 2021 entry.

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How to apply

Everything you need to know about our application process.