Undergraduate courses

We’re ready to help you succeed in your chosen profession, with a diverse range of courses that allow you to gain sector insights before you graduate. Our undergraduate degrees cover the areas of Education, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and Social Work. We also offer professional undergraduate courses in Dementia.

Your employability is one of our top priorities, helping you build the skills that allow you to be the difference and get noticed by potential employers. We encourage you to put your learning into practice with placements and work experience. Our courses are informed and taught by some of the world’s leading academics and experts, and a number are accredited by professional bodies.

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In addition, our unique partnership with Heriot-Watt University allows us to offer Primary and Secondary Education degrees that include specialisms in Science, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Technologies. 

Graduating with a degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences will make you a valuable asset to companies and charitable organisations worldwide. You’ll leave with a background in the principles of social responsibility, and the knowledge and practical skills to make a difference to your community.

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

BA (Hons) | 36 months or 48 months | September
Learn how to ‘think like a criminologist’, alongside the theory and methods of social science. We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for Criminology and Top 5 in Scotland for Sociology (The Guardian University Guide 2021).

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Education (Secondary)

BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) | 48 months | September
Our pioneering approach to professional education and our outstanding teachers gives you time to develop as a secondary school teacher.

BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy

BA (Hons) | 48 months or 36 months | September or January
Choose our Sociology and Social Policy degree and you'll gain international expertise in society and social welfare.

In-service BA - Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE)

BA, University Diploma | 12 months | September, with a course induction in August
We’re one of just two Scottish Universities endorsed by the Scottish Government to offer the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE).

Pre-Service BA - Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE)

BA | 12 months | September, with a course induction in August
Do you want to be a lecturer in further education? We’re one of just two Scottish Universities endorsed by the Scottish Government to offer the Teaching Qualification in Further Education.

BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy

BA (Hons) | 36 months or 48 months | September or January
Take this Criminology degree to learn about the issues surrounding crime and social policy. Find out why we’re rated 1st in Scotland and 3rd in UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021).

BA (Hons) Social Work

BA (Hons) | 48 months | September
Join our leading social work university; we're ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and we’ll prepare you with the skills you need for a successful career.

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Education (Primary)

BSc (Hons), BA (Hons) | 48 months | September
Our pioneering approach of studying education with a specialist subject gives you the time to excel and become a primary teacher.