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Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

The 2022-2023 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
  • Tier
    1th cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    3 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
  • Jury President
    Joël Noret
  • Jury Secretary
    Matteo GAGLIOLO


General information

Degree type


Theoretical programme duration

3 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)


+32 2 650 38 97

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


To provide students with the necessary background for taking an master programme based on the discipline traditions of sociology and anthropology. Students will learn ways of analysing various complex social situations using appropriate research methods.


The bachelier in Sociology and Anthropology provides students with quite an in-depth education in each of these two sister disciplines. The bachelier as a whole provides a good background in languages.

The possibility of exchanges is a priority aspect of any programme. The Department has agreements with more than a hundred partners throughout the world enabling students to spend a semester or a whole year.

The opportunity to do a work placement or fieldwork is provided as of master.

Throughout the year we offer :

  • Coaching: the department has introduced a coaching programme targeting all students enrolled in the first bachelor year. It is run by a team of assistants. The aim of this coaching is to support students in their first steps at the University and to help them pass their exams :

  • exercise sessions;

  • guidance;

  • the possibility to consult your exam scripts;

  • and our teachers are available at certain times to speak to you and answer your questions.

You will have at your disposal :

  • the human sciences library;

  • several specialist libraries; the Faculty’s computer rooms.

  • Website : www.philoscsoc.ulb.be

The department has exchange agreements with more than a hundred partner universities in Europe and throughout the world.

Access conditions


As indicated by its title, the bachelier in Sociology and Anthropology provides basic education in these two disciplines. However, given the complexity of the subject matter of these disciplines, we also provide a good background in a range of related disciplines providing complementary perspectives: philosophy, history, human geography, demography, statistics, law, psychology, etc. These disciplines are systematically looked at with regard to their relationships to the social sciences.

During the bachelor period, students follow units progressively building up their knowledge of the theory and methodologies used in sociology and anthropology and specific subjects belonging to these two disciplines. Exercises associated with theoretical thinking and fieldwork are organised during the first year. The intention of this programme is to give priority to learning the use of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in social sciences.

Last but not least, language lessons are provided throughout the programme.

What's next ?


A whole range of professional careers in various sectors:

  • Social services (social security organisations, family planning centres, welfare centres, etc.)

  • Health, safety, education

  • The civil service in general

  • Training

  • Public relations

  • Voluntary organisations

  • Trade unions

  • Consultancy

  • National and international project-funding institutions (European Commission, World Bank, etc.)

  • Polling organisations

  • Teaching

  • Research centres

Finally, you can also go into research.

By adding a master in sociology or anthropology to their bachelier, the following occupations are open to students:

  • University-level social worker

  • International aid / development work

  • Team leader/organiser in the non-profit sector or in an NGO

  • Secondary school teacher / university lecturer<

  • Journalist

  • Civil service occupations

  • Consultant

  • Manager in the private sector (communications, public relations, etc.)

  • Researcher in anthropology or sociology