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Summer School - Introduction to Sociology, 27 July - 14 August 2015, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publish Date: Jul 09, 2015

Event Dates: from Jul 27, 2015 12:00 to Aug 14, 2015 12:00

About the Summer School

This course is designed to introduce you to some of the key ideas of the discipline of sociology by examining the relationship between the individual and society.

It will look at the many social influences on our identity and question taken for granted explanations of inequality, the family and the society. Case studies and examples from across the world will be used to demonstrate this. Finally, in this course we will introduce the various ways that sociologists do the research that lies behind most sociological ideas.

Teaching will take place Monday to Friday

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, questions and answers sessions as guided by tutor.

By the end of this course, students should be able to

  • understand certain key sociological concepts, particularly those which link 'individuals' to 'society
  • developed an introductory understanding of the relationship between sociological argument and evidence.
  • Understand the purpose and value of sociological research in relation to both academic knowledge and public issues and policies
  • Understand key debates in sociological research about design, method and ethics
  • Know the range of research approaches and methods that can be applied to an issue or problem, and their strengths and weaknesses

The fees for this course have been laid out fully on our course fees page.

As course fees and accommodation costs are payable separately, it will not be possible to reduce the tuition fee cost for those students who opt to arrange their own accommodation off-campus.

Tuition Fee

£575 per week


You have a choice of accommodation options for varying prices, dependent on your preferences:

  • Standard Single, DB&B: £294.00 per week
  • En-suite Single, DB&B: £469.00 per week
  • Self-Catered, Shared: £168.00 per week

Social Programme

To enhance your experience at the University of Edinburgh Summer School, a variety of social and cultural activities will be organized to allow you to explore and discover the history, traditions and beauty of Scotland whilst meeting people from across the world. Each student can participate in the social and cultural activities which are included in the course fee.  A free gym membership is included as well as a variety of fun and interesting things to do and see in Edinburgh.  Additionally, students can book on to day and weekend tours to explore the rest and best of Scotland (at a discounted rate for Summer School students).


  • Pre-payment for tuition fees: £100
  • Pre-payment for accommodation: £165

The eligibility criteria are as follows.

You are eligible if you:

  • are a current university student – either undergraduate or postgraduate
  • have a current Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above, or equivalent grades
  • have met our minimum English language requirements if English is not your first language
  • If you do not meet the criteria stated above, but feel that you are otherwise qualified to undertake Summer School study, please contact us and we will discuss your eligibility on a case by case basis.

English language requirements

The majority of our courses accept:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • IGCSE English (First language) Grade C
  • Cambridge CAE Grade A
  • Cambridge CPE Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) total 61 with at least 51 in each 'communicative skills' section
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section*

However, some of our courses require applicants to demonstrate a slightly higher level of English competence than those stated above. Please do check on each individual programme page for further information. If you require any guidance on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

*ETS TOEIC and TOEFL English language tests will be accepted for admission to the University of Edinburgh as evidence of English language competency. However, please note that ETS - who provide TOEIC and TOEFL tests for English language assessment - are no longer registered on the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list maintained by the UK Home Office.

Please note that if you wish to apply for a non-credit bearing course, it will not be necessary for you to present evidence of your academic achievements to-date or an internationally recognised English language qualification. However, in some cases we will require written assurance from a suitably qualified referee stating that you are able to understand and communicate in English to a level which is appropriate for your studies.

Your application will not be processed until we have received the appropriate pre-payments.

Other costs

Please note you will also need to pay for any essential books on the reading lists provided and any entrance fees for exhibits and other related fees on study visits.

Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.  

The scholarship equates to a 20% tuition fee waiver for any course listed on


The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.

 In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.

To apply

1. Choose the course you are interested in.

2. Go to your preferred programme page and select ‘click here to apply now’, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.

2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:

  • one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
  • (interim) degree transcripts
  • Evidence of an internationally recognised English language qualification (if appropriate).

4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.

5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.


1. Do I have to provide pre-payment in support of my application?

Yes.  Please see the following page from more information:

2. Will the scholarship award be applied to my accommodation fees?

No. The scholarship fee waiver will be applied to your tuition fees only.

3. How do I know if I am eligible to receive a University of Edinburgh Scholarship?

The scholarship is available to all students from around the world and it is awarded on the basis of academic merit.  A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required.

4. My University does not issue GPA but I have my transcript with my module grades – can I send these instead?

Yes.  Institutions globally use a variety of assessment and grading systems and you can provide your most recent degree transcript with your application. Please contact for guidance about what documentation or grades to provide us with, should you have any questions about the equivalent grading of a GPA.

5. How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please fill in the application form, enclose any other documents of your achievements and references from your home University and email this to summerschool(at)

When will I receive written confirmation if I have been successful in my application to the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship?

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