Undergraduate prospectus

History and Sociology, BA Hons

This degree in history and sociology explores modern British, European and world history through the perspective of contentious issues in society, such as gender, ethnicity and social justice.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • In this course, you will be studying contemporary and historical social theory, policy and practice in a vibrant, socially dynamic setting
  • The History and Sociology BA Hons course is designed to trace over five hundred years of social formation and change, through the buildings, museums and spaces of Greenwich and London
  • Throughout the course, you will work with creative and inspiring teachers on innovative modules exploring race, gender, violence, mobility and the family
  • The course offers to begin your own journey into history, sociology or social policy by undertaking a work placement in public, creative or cultural sectors.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

VL13 G BA/HisSoc


History, Politics & Social Sciences



  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

This programme will allow you to combine the study of history and sociology. You will study at a World Heritage Site, itself a living legacy of British scientific, maritime and imperial history, as well as a thriving multicultural centre of contemporary Britain.

Living history

The history pathway explores a wide range of historical topics, from global events to community history, and from witchcraft to the World Wars. We take full advantage of our historically and culturally rich location and proximity to central London, incorporating visits to museums and archives into our courses and offer opportunities for you to develop your research skills and to develop practical and professional skills through a work placement.

Applied sociology

The sociology element of this programme will allow you to specialise in the study of applied sociology. Sociology is an innovative and vibrant subject offering students the opportunity to study courses covering a range of issues from consumer culture to social justice, from gender and identity to global relations. A broad foundation in sociological thinking and critique is offered while also supporting you to pursue your own ideas and interests through focused research.


Our sociology courses are ranked first in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with a substantial grounding in modern British, European and world history
  • To enhance understanding of important and controversial issues in society, including debates about gender, ethnicity, crime and deviance, social justice, global politics, and cultural production and consumption
  • To nurture the development of open, creative and critical thinkers who are able to apply these qualities of mind in a variety of intellectual contexts
  • To provide a structure and an environment in which skills relevant to citizenship, employability and lifelong learning may be developed.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

Come visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

Next Open Day coming soon

The best way to find out about student life at the University of Greenwich is to join one of our amazing Open Days. You get to look around the campus, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too!

Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

 Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-levels
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

We accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

 Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

 In addition:

  • You may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to)

Application: there is a fee to submit your UCAS application.

Resources: you may need to purchase books and other study equipment. You are recommended to have your own portable laptop or tablet for use, while printing on campus carries a cost.

Field trips: module and course field trips may incur further costs, although every attempt is made to keep these affordable.

Additional information


Assessment is through examinations and coursework tasks including:

  • Individual and group projects
  • Presentations
  • Critical reviews
  • Portfolios
  • Conventional analytical essays.


Careers are available in research, teaching, administration and government, librarianship and information services, museums and heritage management, journalism, publishing and the arts. Some career options may require further study.

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

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