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Bachelor in Sociology

4 years (240 ECTS credits)

Vice Dean for the Bachelor: Magdalena Díaz Gorfinkiel


The aim of the UC3M Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology is to train professionals in applied social research. The degree prepares students for different areas of sociology, including more traditional ones such as public opinion research, problems of social integration and processes of socialization, and newer ones like social policy assessment, local development, human resource management and cooperation for development.

To this end, students will acquire specialized knowledge in the study of the social problems of contemporary societies, a solid background in sociological theory as a requisite for in depth understanding of social reality, and research methods and techniques. UC3M is, moreover, the only Spanish university that offers a specialization in evaluative research, a rapidly expanding field that provides the knowledge necessary to analyze social intervention programs of public, private and non-governmental organizations.

This education is rounded out with internships in the most important companies, institutions and organizations in the sector.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Europe Ranking
QS Graduate Employability Ranking
The Global University Employability Ranking and Survey
Erasmus Plus


  • Language requirement: a B2 level of English language must be accredited before finishing the studies. More information.

Year 4 - Semester 2

General subjects
Bachelor Thesis6BTSpanish
Electives: Recommended 24 creditsNo dataNo dataNo data
Electives to choose: total 48 ECTS credits
Ageing Sociology6ESpanish
Organizations and International relations6ESpanish
Professional Internships12ESpanish
Quantitative social research methods II6ESpanish
Social Psychology6ESpanish
Space analysis and territorial planning6ESpanish
Urban Sociology6ESpanish
Multilevel Government6ESpanish

Any of elective courses could not be offered in a specific year. You can check it in schedules page.







BC: Basic Core
C: Compulsory
E: Electives
BT: Bachelor Thesis








  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    European mobility

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Profile and career opportunities

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    Regarding the recommended entry profile for the Sociology degree, it is sufficient to have completed Bachiller in any branch of studies. Students should have an interest in the analysis of contemporary society, social problems and appropriate techniques and methods for their study.

    Application for a place in the degree.

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    Of the five main professional profiles identified through the various surveys carried out for compiling the White Book- Social Intervention, Education, Human Resources, Applied Social Research and Public Policies-, this degree focuses on the last two.

    Applied social research studies are one of the most recognized areas of Sociology, including social market research, opinion studies and social studies. Sociologists carry out comprehensive studies of consumption as social practice and of its symbolic representations, brand images and marketing strategies. They are, furthermore, the best qualified professionals for analysing public opinion, as well as designing and applying communication strategies in all kinds of organisations and studying the behaviour, attitudes and opinions of different social groups. They also study old and new problems, such as poverty, exclusion, immigration, violence, inequality, youth emancipation, caring for dependants. The sociologist brings a whole vision which allows us to diagnose social phenomena, trends and possible developments from a double quantitative and qualitative perspective.

    In addition, the Public Policies profile identifies the sociologist as a specialist in their design, management, planning and evaluation, aimed at enhancing the quality of life and well-being of the population. The sociologist trained in this profile is responsible for managing public resources, analysing the habits of the population and evaluating the effects of the policies carried out.

    In brief, today Sociologists carry out their activities in a wide variety of fields and institutions, from the most traditional, such as research into public opinion, problems of social integration and socialization processes, to other newer areas, such as social policy evaluation, local development and human resources management.

    General skills of the Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology

    Basic Skills

    CB1        Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study.

    CB2        Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study.

    CB3        Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

    CB4        Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    CB5        Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.


    General Skills

    CG1       Analyse and interpret social reality following the scientific method, from a critical perspective and recognizing the plurality of theoretical-methodological approaches of the fields of specialty and subdisciplines related to Sociology

    CG2       Communicate, defend and refute arguments on the most relevant issues in the sociological field on a sound basis, both orally and in writing, recognizing the complexity of social phenomena

    CG3       Apply the knowledge and skills acquired to face practical problems in the different areas in which professional outings are possible

    CG4       Know and apply the fundamental mechanisms of work in teams of interdisciplinary and international profile during the processes of information management, decision making and the resolution of sociological problems.

    CG5       Relate the competences of Sociology and other related disciplines in recognizing the global and local character of social phenomena.

    CG6       Apply organizational and planning capabilities in order to do creative quality sociological analysis work with a firm ethical commitment.

    CG7       Develop leadership, initiative, entrepreneurial spirit and autonomous learning skills in a context of careful care in interpersonal relationships.


    Transversal Skills

    CT1        Being able to work in multidisciplinary and international teams as well as to organize and plan the work making the right decisions based on the available information, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make judgments and critical thinking within the study area

    CT2        Being able to expose and write a topic correctly or compose a speech following a logical order, providing accurate information and in accordance with established grammatical and lexical norms.

    CT3        Being able to evaluate the reliability and quality of information and its sources using such information in an ethical manner, avoiding plagiarism, and in accordance with the academic and professional conventions of the study area.

    CT4        Acquire basic humanistic knowledge to complete the transversal educational profile of the student.

    CT5        Know and be able to handle interpersonal skills on initiative and responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc. as well as calculation tools that allow consolidating the basic technical skills that are required in every professional field


    Specific Skills

    CE1        Know the concepts, problems and sociological perspectives and be able to communicate them.

    CE2        Analyse the transformations and evolution of contemporary societies and their social and political movements.

    CE3        Understand the relationships between population, resources and the environment in their movement and structure; and know the techniques and methods of demographic analysis.

    CE4        Analyse the main concepts and generalizations about human society and its processes.

    CE5        Analyse the theories about power, legitimacy, the State and the forms of political organization and their historical evolution, with special attention to contemporary systems.

    CE6        Know the history of sociological theory and its main schools until today

    CE7        Know the human species through culture, kinship and habitat.

    CE8        Know the basic components of social inequalities and cultural differences.

    CE9        Know the skills to raise and develop applied research in different areas of society.

    CE10      Apply the methodology of Social Sciences and its basic and advanced techniques (quantitative and qualitative) of social research; with special attention to aspects of sampling and computer programs.

    CE11      Possess knowledge and technical skills for the production and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

    CE12      Know the concepts and statistical techniques applied to human society

    CE13      Possess skills and abilities in developing, using, and interpreting social indicators and social measurement instruments.

    CE14      Possess knowledge and skills in the search for secondary information in different sources (official institutions, libraries, internet, etc.), as well as the use of the main sociological documentary databases

    CE15      Know how to choose the relevant social research techniques (quantitative and qualitative) at all times.

    CE16      Know and apply sampling and fieldwork techniques.

    CE17      Possess skills for the evaluation and performance of quality and satisfaction studies

    CE18      Being able to define, locate and contact the population subject to social research.

    CE19      Identify and measure social vulnerability factors and conflict processes.

    CE20      Analyze public policies and social intervention, as well as evaluate their results

    CE21      Being able to establish, program and execute social intervention programs and projects

    CE22      Know the design of public policies aimed at addressing social problems.

    CE23      Possess skills to manage and mediate in situations of crisis and social conflicts.

    CE24      Being able to adapt the objectives of sociological research to economic, temporal and human resources.

    CE25      Possess skills in management and organization of people and social networks that participate in collective projects

    CE26      Possess and apply skills in the development of organizations (advice, design and management of organizations and institutions).

    CE27      Analyse the ecological, economic and social costs and benefits (present and future) of the application of social research results.

    CE28      Know the psychology of groups and human groups

    CE29      Know how to analyze, develop and defend individually a problem of the disciplinary scope of the Degree applying the knowledge, skills, tools and strategies acquired or developed in it.


    Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology

    RA1. Having acquired advanced knowledge and demonstrated an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects and the methodology of work in the area of Sociology with a depth that reaches the forefront of knowledge.

    RA2. Apply the knowledge acquired, their understanding and their abilities to solve complex and/or specialized problems in the professional field.

    RA3. Have the ability to collect and interpret data and information on which to base their conclusions including, when necessary and relevant, reflection on social, scientific or ethical matters in the field of Sociology.

    RA4. To be able to function in complex situations or that require the development of new solutions both in the academic and labor or professional fields within the field of Sociology study.

    RA5. Know how to communicate to all types of audiences (specialized or not) in a clear and precise way, knowledge, methodologies, ideas, problems and solutions in the field of Sociology.

    RA6. Being able to identify their own training needs in their field of study and work or professional environment and organize their own learning with a high degree of autonomy in all types of contexts (structured or not).

  • External internships

    External internships

    This is a selection in which students of this degree can do their internships:

    • Colegio Oficial de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología de Castilla-La Mancha
    • Fundación 1º de Mayo
    • Entreculturas
    • Colegio Oficial de Ciencias Políticas y Sociologia de Madrid
    • Grupo de Investigación en Envejecimiento IEGD (CSIC)
    • Matia Instituto Gerontológico
    • Instituto de Género UC3M
    • Neurologyca
  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    Graduates of the degree can perform their professional activities in the following areas:

    • Public employment (international organizations, State, regional or local level)
    • Training and development
    • Intercultural mediator
    • Career counselor
    • Dynamization and social ans cultural mediation
    • COrporate social responsibility
    • Human resources
    • Equal opportunities  agent
    • Local development agent
    • Cooperation and development projects
    • Social researcher
    • Expert in quantitave research
    • Analyst or political advisor
    • Cultural manager
    • Strategic consultant
    • Market research
    • Demography
    • Marketing and communication

Study in english

Studies with some courses in English

This bachelor's degree is offered in spanish, but you can study some courses in english if you want.

You can check the courses offered in english in the study program.

You don't need a previous level test. If you want to study a course in english, you have to select the english group in the enrollment.

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