Are you interested in how our lives are shaped by relationships with other people and institutions? Do you want to unpick the ways of thinking that construct and influence our societies? Sociology examines societies, social issues and problems, looking at how they impact upon the lives of individuals. You’ll develop a wide range of knowledge in contemporary sociological theory and practice, exploring topics from urban sociology and gender and society, to criminality and globalisation. Professional experience is crucial, so you’ll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree. We’ll work with you to match you with one of our employer partners, or we’ll support you in finding your own placement. Employers frequently praise the eye for detail and critical thinking skills of Sociology graduates, as well as the transferable skills that they develop. By the time you graduate, we aim to make you a confident, articulate, knowledgeable and critical graduate ready for a wide range of graduate roles. **Graduate opportunities** Your degree will prepare you for roles in professions including education, social work, the third sector, social services, teaching, the Criminal Justice System and business. You can also use the transferable skills you’ve developed to enter many areas of graduate employment. **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. You’ll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree. Thanks to the versatility of a Sociology degree, you can choose to complete a placement based on your specific interests. Our students have worked in primary and secondary schools, youth support projects, local offices of Members of Parliament, research consultancies, media organisations such as ITV, HM Prison Service, Leeds City Council roles, publishing houses, religious organisations, market research firms, and a wide range of charities in the UK and abroad.