Social Sciences (BSc): 3-year, full-time, Stratford

Year of Entry


Start date

October 2017




Fully Approved




3 years full-time


2-3 evenings a week, plus 12-16 hours of independent study

The BSc Social Sciences is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that will give you the theoretical tools and knowledge to better understand the social-political world, why social inequality persists and how your own life experiences intersect with wider social structures, such as 'race', class and gender. The knowledge and skills that you will build on this programme are highly valued in today's world of work and will build your capacity as a thinker, communicator and analyst.

The course is structured around 4 courses that cover the fundamentals of social theory, social and public policy, and research methods. You can choose from over 30 option modules each year from across the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, so you can make the degree your own, focusing on your own interests, strengths and experiences.

BSc Social Science students come from a range of backgrounds and pursue a wide spectrum of careers, including in central or local government, public policy, cultural industries, enterprise, social research and journalism. You will study in the evening alongside London's working professionals and be taught by academics who are world-leading researchers and experts in their field, committed to engaging and participatory teaching.

This course is available for full-time and part-time evening study in central London and Stratford.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Birkbeck's innovative, creative and interdisciplinary courses will help you become a competent, critical and responsible student of the social world and the psychological and social forces that shape individuals.
  • Follow your interests and choose to specialise in communication, geography, history, politics, psychosocial studies, social anthropology or social policy.
  • You will join a flourishing and diverse undergraduate student community.
  • Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
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Course structure

The programme consists of modules worth a total of 360 credits, comprising 120 credits at Levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively.

If you intend to graduate with a certain specialism, you must select 3 option modules in that area (to the value of 90 credits): 1 module at Level 5 and 2 modules at Level 6.

A typical full-time route through the programme is as follows:

In Year 1, you are introduced to key contemporary debates in the social sciences and to university study in general. You take 2 compulsory modules and choose Level 4 option modules worth a total of 60 credits.

In Year 2, you are introduced to issues of social and public policy and how these relate to theoretical debates in the social sciences. You also cover the research methods used in the social sciences, including qualitative and quantitative techniques and related epistemological debates. You take 2 compulsory modules and choose Level 5 option modules worth 60 credits.

In Year 3, you can choose to either take option modules worth up to 120 credits, or choose to undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits and option modules to 60 credits.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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