Find out why studying undergraduate Sociology at the University of Exeter is a fantastic choice.

Our undergraduate programmes provide a high degree of variety and choice.

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Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate programmes and modules bring to life the range of intellectual thought and social diversity associated with important contemporary issues. We offer you the chance to study in a student-friendly and informal atmosphere that delivers a high quality education.

As an undergraduate you will have access to the latest thinking and resources associated with social and anthropology research, as well as philosophical debate. Members of the department conduct research across a wide range of topics, including religion, art, security, morality, sports, human rights, and emotion.

We offer the knowledge, communication and organisational skills, research methods, as well as analytical tools essential to understand matters such as personal relationships, methods of argument, and modern organisations.  These are the types of skills sought by many employers.  Many of us have specialist training in areas outside our home disciplines, in fields such as physics, music, and biochemistry.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate degrees programmes.  These include Single and Combined Honours sociology and philosophy, and a range of Combined Honours programmes in which philosophy, sociology, and anthropology are studied with history, politics, archaeology, political economy, classics and theology, and modern languages.

Our students run a vibrant Sociology Society, which provides an arena outside formal teaching for discussion of sociological issues with staff and fellow students, and arranges talks by a number of guest speakers each year.

Why study Sociology, Philosophy or Anthropology at Exeter?

  • 6th in the UK for world leading and internationally recognised research1
  • 95% satisfied with teaching quality and 5th for Sociology overall in the National Student Survey (2013)2
  • 7th for Sociology in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014
  • Work experience bursaries of up to £1,500 for BSc students taking applied research training3
  • Flexibility to tailor your degree around your own interests
  • Opportunities to study abroad in Europe, USA, Australia and elsewhere
  • Distinctive interdisciplinary approach with philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists working together in teaching and research

1 RAE 2008 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*. Philosophy at Exeter is included in the unit of assessment for Sociology.
2 Based on the average percentage of positive responses for teaching quality and across all survey categories for full service universities.
3 Value of bursary depends on length of placement.