At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. Sociology and Economics are central to understanding the contemporary world and thinking through potential individual, national, and global futures. Where Sociology focuses on the nature of social relations, inequalities, power, and the ways in which we might create more just societies, Economics addresses the distribution of scarce resources, considers the ways in which markets work, and traces the dynamics of the global economy. In the Sociology and Economics programme you will learn techniques for addressing real world socio-economic problems and policy-related issues, and explore the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments. In considering issues of social importance and policy relevance, and examining real world phenomena, you will combine theoretical analysis with up-to-date knowledge about current issues. You will also have the opportunity to use professional software tools to analyse and interpret real social and economic data and to confidently present complex findings to a range of audiences. Should you choose to build on this practical experience you could opt to take a placement year between years two and three of your studies. Blending theory with practice, the placement increases your awareness of real world organizations and helps develop skills which are much sought-after in the graduate job market. The Sociology and Economics programme will encourage you to develop as a pragmatic and creative thinker – skills which are useful for a wide range of careers. Specifically, the programme will prepare you for a variety of careers in business, government, and management. Graduates might take up careers as economists, perhaps in the City or with the Government offices. They might work in commerce and industry, in education or in local government. With or without further study, you might go into banking, insurance, accounting, management consultancy, or the NHS, for example.