MA Sociology

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

You aim to understand the human world, where you fit into it and how you can help other people. As one of the UK's top ten research departments in our field, we can help you to achieve your goals.

If you share our fundamental ideals of aiming to understand the human world and help other people, we can help you achieve your goals.

Our research brings sociologists, policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists together. We also work with NGOs and other organisations to make sure our graduates have the skills they need to make a difference in frontline services, research and policy.


one of the UK's top ten research centres for social work and social policy.

About the course

This course helps you think systematically about the social world, the changes taking place and what those changes mean for societies of the future.

You'll analyse social problems at a local, national and global level.

We use a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and problem-solving exercises. You're assessed on coursework and exams.

You'll also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course content

Core modules cover the theoretical concepts and methods in sociology. We focus on major contemporary social problems.

Optional are based on research we're doing into various important topics.

You'll write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Core modules

These include:

  • Explorations in Contemporary Social Change
  • Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods

Optional modules

The list includes:

  • What It Means to Be Human
  • Men, Masculinities and Gender Relations
  • Sociology of the New Genetics
  • Intimacy and Personal Relationships
  • Cultural Theory
  • Sociology of Whiteness


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Problem-solving exercises


  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Dissertation of 15,000 words

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Sociological Studies postgraduate student

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in sociology, social policy, development studies, international relations, political science or a related subject.

If you don't have a degree in this area but you have relevant work experience, get in touch with us to discuss.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

The course is designed to prepare you for a PhD at a leading university.

How we teach

Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6402