Double Bachelor in Philosophy and Sociology

Programme duration : 3 years
Delivery language : French
Degree awarded : Bachelor in Philosophy and Bachelor in Sociology
Accreditation : The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
Deadline to apply : 11 August 2024

The Double Bachelor in Philosophy and Sociology offers students a unique opportunity to obtain a dual qualification in both philosophy and sociology for successful careers in a range of sectors.

The curriculum aims to develop analytical skills for a better understanding of contemporary society. The curriculum combines the two majors (Philosophy and Sociology) with minors in social sciences, such as Political Science, Economics, Geopolitics, International Relations, Public Policy and History, in a path called Politics and Society. It gives students the opportunity to thoroughly and rigorously learn about ethics, politics and social phenomena through the perspectives of philosophy and social sciences.

The major in Philosophy emphasises on epistemological questions regarding the conditions of scientific objectivity and the way social sciences differ from natural sciences. It explores moral and political issues including classic topics such as justice, democracy, freedom, equality and social pact, and theory of action (rational choice theory). It emphasises logical and critical thinking, knowledge theory, ethic and political philosophy. It develops analytical, investigation, argumentation and assessment capabilities and allows students to question the theoretical foundations of key political, economical and social issues.

The major in Sociology emphasises the link between sociological theory and empirical research. Students learn social sciences survey methodology and work on social contemporary phenomena such as migration, urbanisation, socio-cultural inequalities and socio-political changes in the context of our globalized world. The bachelor also offers classes in political sciences, economy, international relations, geopolitics, and public policy. Students can also choose to study a language between English, Arabic, German, Italian, Spanish or Chinese.

The bachelor also offers classes in political sciences, economy, international relations, geopolitics and public policy. Students can also choose to study a language between English, Arabic, German, Italian, Spanish or Chinese.

The programme faculty are all internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience. Personalised tutoring is also available for students to enjoy a more individual learning experience.

In addition to offering access to numerous postgraduate programmes, this degree offers abundant career opportunities both locally and internationally in publishing, journalism and communication, market research and statistics institutions, governmental agencies, NGOs, diplomatic services, human resources, secondary and higher education and research.

First Year

  • Western and Islamic concepts of Philosophy
  • Foundations of reasoning and critical thinking
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Ethics and sociology of tolerance
  • Foundations of social theory
  • Sociology of migrations and inter-ethnic relations
  • Qualitative methods of sociology
  • Statistics
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • History of the contemporary world

Second Year

  • Philosophy in the ancient world
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of environment
  • Quantitative methods of sociology
  • Minds and computers: how do we think?
  • Social stratification, equality and inequality
  • Economy and society
  • Art and society
  • Public policy
  • Geopolitics

Third Year

  • European thought on modernity
  • Contemporary philosophy
  • Thinking science and technology
  • Political philosophy
  • Theories of justice
  • Comparative philosophy between the East and West
  • Rational choice theory
  • Political sociology
  • Social structures of Gulf countries
  • Urban sociology: the organisation of cities
  • Social science
To be eligible for this Bachelor’s degree, students must have the following:

  • French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 12/20 or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)*
  • French Aptitude Certificate: minimum score of B2 level (accepted certificates: DU issued by Sorbonne University, DELF, TEF, TCF and SELFEE). Students with a French Baccalaureate are exempted from the language proficiency exam**

* Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted following a review of high school subject results, supporting exams score and a student’s personal statement.

** Students not meeting the required French Aptitude Certificate will be admitted conditionally in the programme, and enrolled in the Foundation Year in Intensive French. Upon its successful completion, they will be admitted into the bachelor degree programme.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: for more details.

Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)
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HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply

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