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University of Aberdeen

Politics and Sociology

UCAS Code: LL23
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • Sociology
Student score
82% MED
78% LOW
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£21.4k MED
£19.4k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB or 4 AS at AABB. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B.

Scottish Highers
AABB

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

International Baccalaureate
32

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including at 6, 6, 6 at Higher level in subject(s) selected.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Politics: Level 1: Comparative politics: the USA and Britain; comparative politics: Europe (focuses on France and Germany). Level 2: Theories of politics: discusses different approaches to the study of state and society; selected classical political theories are compared with more contemporary accounts: pluralism, elitism and neo-Marxism; influential political ideologies (liberalism, socialism, conservatism) are also addressed; political behaviour: an empirical study of the relationship between politics and society; particular attention is given to political parties and the determinants of voting behaviour. Level 3 and 4: Courses from a range of specialist options including: Scandinavian politics; comparative political analysis; the French party system; interest groups; comparative electoral systems; the political theory of Jurgen Habermas. Sociology: Level 1: general introduction to sociology through a discussion of modern industrial capitalist society as contrasted with non-industrial or pre-industrial society, with a stress on social conflict and social change; examines fundamental aspects of social institutions such as family, schooling, work, the role of the state and patterns of social inequalities, including those of class and gender, caste, race and ethnicity; also range of contemporary social themes and issues, including the collective behaviour of people, crowd riots and social movements, the political behaviour of individuals and issues relating to crime and deviance; how crime and deviance are socially defined and the techniques used by sociologists to research these social phenomena; study of the reporting of crime and deviance, the social history and the significance of the mass media; everyday techniques of social communication such as face-to-face interaction. Level 2: Body and society: examines social interaction, communication and information control; the image and appearance of the human body; the development of self in social interaction; body language; stigma and the boundaries between deviance and normality; consumer culture, the sociology of fashion and the language of clothes; mass media and advertising; social integration within consumer cultures. Self and society: examines the tensions between identity, modernity and post-modernity; draws on cross-cultural studies (e.g. Japan, North America, the Caribbean) and focuses on the problems of maintaining identity and shows how the self is both constructed by social institutions and resists this institutional control. Levels 3 and 4: Research methods and sociological theory; research project; special topics from a range such as: work and industry; sex and gender; ageing in society; Chinese society; religion and society; European social security; modern Scotland; sport and leisure; contemporary rural societies.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

10%
90%

Year 2

12%
88%

Year 3

7%
93%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
55%
45%

Year 1

48%
52%

Year 2

42%
58%

Year 3

30%
70%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

87%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

86%

Feedback on work has been helpful

55%

Feedback on work has been prompt

60%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

75%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
52% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
55% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
430 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £21.4k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 87%
Student score 78% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

65%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

67%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
41% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
74% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
459 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19.4k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are food preparation and hospitality trades

6%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as education, community and youth work, housing and social work. But sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job – obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, sport, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.
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