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.

My best experience has been completing my dissertation. As a dual honours student at undergraduate level, I didn’t write one so it’s been fantastic to really focus on an area that I’m particularly interested in and complete my own research project under the guidance of a leading researcher in the field.

Laura Towers, MA Sociology

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.

Sociological Studies postgraduate studentCourse content

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.

Core modules

These include:

  • 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.

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

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