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Postgraduate taught courses in the Department of Sociological Studies

Study in the department of Sociological Studies and you will join a social science department with a proud and distinguished history. We offer students a distinctly interdisciplinary experience, bringing together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and experts in digital society under one roof. We also The Department has an established international reputation for world-leading interdisciplinary research in relation to: Science, Technology and Society, Inter-Generational Dynamics and Global and International Dimensions of Social Change.

Our research has a direct impact on people, organisations and policy making. As a postgraduate student, you will be a key part of the academic culture of the Department. Our Departmental community incorporates people from both local and global contexts, leading to a uniquely cosmopolitan postgraduate experience.

We offer postgraduate taught courses that focus on either training for work or continuing on to academic research. All of our taught courses are informed by our vibrant research culture so what you learn is based on the very latest developments in the field. In addition, our academic and research staff often engage in external consultancies, bringing the latest knowledge in practice into their teaching.

Our courses

MA Digital Media and Society

The MA in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield is unique in offering students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the interweaving of digital media and society from a sociological perspective. The programme offers you the opportunity to think about digital media developments in relation to a range of social issues, such as gender, race, intimacy, surveillance, science, cultural theory, and visual, qualitative and quantitative methods.

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MSc International Social Change and Policy

The MSc in International Social Change and Policy is an innovative and exciting programme that will develop your awareness of the most pressing challenges posed by social change, enable you to critically examine dominant policy responses to key aspects of social change at national, cross-national comparative and global levels, and make you aware of agendas on policy alternatives and futures.

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MA Sociology

The MA in Sociology is concerned with understanding the way the social world works. The course provides an in depth analysis of the relationship individuals share with society; with social topics ranging from a local to a global level. This is an excellent choice for those looking to further their understanding of the social world.

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MA Social Work

This course is specifically directed at those wishing to begin a career in social work. Upon completion of the course graduates are eligible for registration as a qualified UK social worker. Professionally accredited this course provides vocational work placements alongside an in depth study programme on the supporting theory and techniques used within social work.

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MA Advanced Professional Practice

This course is for professionals, such as qualified child care social workers or those in similar job roles. It is designed to enhance the skills of professionals in dealing with families and children, focusing on the ability to critically assess and understand. The three year course provides a professional qualification at the end of each year.

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CPD Advanced Professional Practice

This course offers the same content as the MA over a more flexible course structure. It allows for professional and qualified practitioners to continue their development over a longer period of time, steadily working towards a qualification over a time period that suits them best. The course allows the choice of up to three modules a year, with each one building towards a qualification.

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