Social Sciences

Studying the Social Sciences pathway at Royal Holloway International Study Centre

Get inside the mind of society. Create political influence and relate to the ever-changing face of global education, crime, health, relationships and the family.

Studying the Social Sciences stream will give you the opportunity to progress to a diverse range of degrees at Royal Holloway.

The impressive range of academic resources, stimulating research, cultural opportunities and links with industry professionals will thoroughly prepare you for career success.

What you will study

You will study three English language modules as well as Social Sciences related topics.

Core modules:

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Pathway-specific modules:


You will gain an understanding of sociological concepts and methodology and learn about the theories that have moulded thinking on the subject. In this module you will also be introduced to a range of issues, which affect contemporary society and study the research methods relevant to sociological investigations.


You will be given an introduction to the main areas of International Relations and gain a critical awareness of International Relations theory. You will also look at a range of issues that affect contemporary politics and develop an understanding of the principles of the legal system within England and Wales and of the key debates in the provision of justice.

You will discover the different perspectives of politics, both in the UK and around the world. Topics include:

• Introduction to Global Politics

• Historical Context of Global Politics

• The Global Economy          

• States and Foreign Policy

• UK Government and Politics.

Social sciences graduate careers include:

  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Probation Officer
  • Local Government
  • Civil Service
  • Media/Journalism
  • Museum Curator
  • Editor
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Youth Worker
  • Business Analysts
  • Legal Assistants