Why study Sociology in Birmingham

What makes Birmingham so special? It’s not just our state-of-the-art, modern City Centre Campus. Read on to find out why you should come to Birmingham to study Sociology.

Cultural diversity 

Birmingham is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and is even more ethnically diverse than London. You will have the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life and varied cultural backgrounds. We are proudly rooted in a vibrant, diverse and constantly transforming city, but we never shy away from the people and the professionals living and working on the margins of society. We apply our research in real-world settings nationally and internationally, working with communities, prisons, hospitals, schools and the police to tackle social problems and understand, and influence, social change. 

Second city 

Birmingham is the UK’s second-biggest city, meaning we have many opportunities, activities, and projects to take advantage of. Birmingham is also hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022. While not directly related to sociology, the event will create a wealth of opportunity and economic growth for the city that will last long after it has taken place. Being in its heart will only strengthen your employability and knowledge as the city continues to grow and thrive. 

We offer an abundance of opportunities

Our sociology department has links with local public and third sector organisations that will help you make professional contacts and be able to apply your studies to future career prospects when taking part in voluntary or placement work.  

Our School of Social Sciences has launched an internship programme with Birmingham City Council,  providing you with the chance to work with the Council's Community Resilience, Housing Management and Organisational Development departments, working with senior staff on critical projects.  

As well as this, we employ a wide variety of learning and teaching methods to ensure you are exposed to a range of learning styles, including traditional lectures, workshops, student-led sessions and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). 

Studying Sociology at Birmingham City University is about not reading sociology but doing sociology, allowing you to explore and question social norms and discover the complex issues behind your everyday routines and social practices in a range of spatial contexts, applying what you learn to your own lived experiences. Through the School of Social Sciences’ Birmingham 2029 project, you will have the chance to explore such themes of sociology within the city of Birmingham, an urban context that hosts diverse communities perfect for sociological examination. 

Our staff are leading experts in the field.

You’ll learn fromindustry experienced staff, who have an array of industry experiences working for organisations including youth charities and participating in research funded by the European Union. 

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