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.
About the course
Course description 2017
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.
Core modules cover theoretical concepts and methods in sociology. We focus on major contemporary social problems. Optional modules are based on research we’re doing into various important topics. You’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
- Explorations in Contemporary Social Change
- Foundations of Sociological Inquiry
- Qualitative Methods
- Quantitative Methods
Examples of optional modules
These can include:
- Digital Research
- Men, Masculinities and Gender Relations
- Sociology of Evil
- Sociology of the New Genetics
- Intimacy and Personal Relationships
- Sociology of Whiteness
Teaching and assessment
We use a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and problem-solving exercises. You’re assessed on coursework. You’ll also write a 15,000-word dissertation.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.