Undergraduate Study


The School of Social Sciences has an excellent international reputation in the provision of distinctive undergraduate degree programmes of study. The School offers a wide choice of programmes across several subjects.

Programmes are designed and delivered to ensure they are:

  • academically rigorous
  • structured, so that students achieve the required disciplinary expertise
  • flexible, through choice of modular options, and cross disciplinary study
  • taught by subject experts, focused on the needs of students, and informed by the latest research
  • supported by leading-edge technology, on-line services and excellent classroom facilities
  • relevant, and serve to develop the range of skills and attributes that are increasingly required by employers

One of the School's distinctive features is its commitment to incorporating professional work placements into its undergraduate degree programmes. This gives students the chance to undertake substantive work experience as a fully integrated part of their academic study.

Undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences represent a diverse group of students, in terms of culture and ethnicity, social economic background, and individual experiences. The School’s student community includes a strong international student contingent drawn from many countries which serves to enrich the academic and cultural experience of all colleagues.


The Anthropology undergraduate programme is taught as a three-year and a four-year honours degree in Social Anthropology and as a joint honours degree with Psychology and Sociology. The four-year degree includes two periods of work placement, the second being linked to the student's original field research for the final year dissertation.

Visit our work placements page for more information on anthropology and fieldwork placements.

Download the anthropology research ethics checklist as a PDF file, or as a MS Word file (if you need to fill it in online).

Economics & Finance


This broad-based course aims to produce economists with a range of technical expertise including quantitative and computing skills. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical principles in the working environment.

    Economics and Accounting

    The purpose of the course is to provide students with a strong intellectual and practical grounding in both economics and accounting. It seeks to equip graduates with the core theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand and analyse economic and accounting issues that arise in the business world. It aims to prepare graduates for a variety of potential careers after graduation, including management consultancy, accountancy and banking.

      Economics and Business Finance

      The purpose of this course is to provide you with a strong intellectual and practical grounding in economic and financial decision-making in industry and the City in order to equip you for future careers such as financial management, corporate finance and accountancy.

        Economics and Management

        This course aims to produce high quality graduates with the analytical and practical skills necessary to understand and deal creatively with a range of economic, financial and management issues. It will appeal in particular to economists who would like a career in management.

          Finance and Accounting

          This degree aims to produce graduates who are both familiar with the principles of finance across a range of subjec areas, and wel prepared for careers in accountancy.

            Politics and Economics

            This programme allows you to examine how political and economic factors enter into public and private decision-making. The course also aims to impart a range of technical expertise, including quantitative and computing skills in economics, an understanding of micro- and macro-economic principles, and of advanced macroeconomics.

              Politics & History

              The Politics and History Department is a well-ranked department (in the top third in the UK and even much higher on (some league tables) which focuses on contemporary politics and modern history. We offer these challenging and interesting programmes:


                Curious about one or more of these programmes? Why don't you write to one of the academics who teaches on them to ask about the sort of things you'll be studying.

                The Brunel Politics group has been running a work placement scheme for many years and it offers a key competitive edge for the students who take them and is one of Brunel's key unique selling points. This scheme allows second year students to participate in a one-year placement with subject-relevant employers. All work placement students receive advice from the Brunel's Placement and Careers Centre. Moreover, they are visited by their personal tutors whilst on placement.

                Previous work placements have included:

                • the think-tank Compass

                • the British Youth Council

                • the Ministry of Justice,

                • local government and Westminster MPs

                • Washington and Brussels-based organisations

                These "sandwich degrees" are valuable to students in a very tough job market. Doing a placement gives you that extra important line of "work experience" on your CV, which helps you get that first "proper" job. This of course doesn't mention that the business which employed you as an intern might want to hire you directly on completion of your degree. All of the above degrees have work-placement versions. Think about them seriously.



                The Psychology courses at Brunel emphasise the every day and real-life significance of psychology by encouraging you to explore the relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, both through academic study and work placements.

                Sociology & Communications

                We are the highest rated research department of our size in the country, bringing together experts who understand social, economic and political forces with specialists in communication. All staff carry out research which complements our teaching and supervision, offering students an exciting, challenging and educational experience. Please download our introduction and recommended reading for BSc Sociology and BSc Communication & Media Studies.

                We offer the following undergraduate programmes, which explore a broad range of contemporary issues (three years or four years with two periods of work placements). You can also choose to study joint honours Sociology with the following subjects from another department within the School of Social Sciences:

                Page last updated: Thursday 11 April 2013