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MA Sociology

New for 2019

The MA in Sociology aims to extend and develop students’ knowledge of core areas of sociological scholarship and research methods. It offers students opportunities to immerse themselves in established and emergent ideas in the discipline as well as engaging in debates around the most pressing sociological challenges in the social world.

The programme aims to extend students’ methodological knowledge and enhance students’ social research capacities to conduct research work at an advanced level. All teaching on this course is driven by the leading research of the academics on the Masters teaching team.

Is this course for me?

The course is an excellent choice for those with a background in sociology who want to deepen and broaden their understanding of the subject. The course will also strengthen familiarity with the discipline for those from related academic and professional fields without specialist knowledge of sociology.

Course Structure

The programme is conducted through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and small-group work. Emphasis is placed on the individual aspects of learning. You are expected to develop your abilities to independently research and engage with the area of study, but you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you in your studies.

Assessment may vary across modules between a combination of coursework (essays and portfolio work). Students are also expected to complete a dissertation comprising of 15,000 words in length.

The course is based around four main aspects:

  • Extending key sociological knowledge;
  • Providing opportunities for immersion in innovative and frontier areas of sociology;
  • Defining current sociological agendas and social urgencies;
  • Extending methodological knowledge and social research capacities at advanced level.                                                                        

Each module is assigned a credit value: 180 credits are required for graduation. 60 of these are core modules, 60 are optional and finally 60 credits are allocated to the dissertation.

Core modules:

In the advanced sociological thinking module you will examine decisive social theoretical content and conceptual interventions in sociology; in the engaging current sociology module you will become familiar with the discipline’s insights and innovations for understanding social life and the complexities of the contemporary social world. Research methods skills and knowledge will be developed through choosing between our advanced qualitative and advanced quantitative methods modules, and the final core study requirement, your dissertation project, will give you the opportunity to research a topic of your own choice in depth under one-to-one supervision by one of our expert academics.

In addition, students can take 60 credits of options from a curated suite of optional modules:

Please note that module information may be subject to change but are likely to include such areas as the sociologies of digital worlds; science, medicine and technology; intimacies and everyday life; social division and interaction; and advanced qualitative or quantitative methods.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant social science discipline, such as sociology, social policy, politics, anthropology, international relations, or development studies.

Applicants with equivalent work experience are also encouraged to apply.

International Students

We have wide experience of a range of international qualifications. Please visit our website for international applicants for specific advice on the entry requirements for your country.

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English Language Requirements

  Our minimum English requirement is:

Fees and Funding

You can look up fees for full- and part-time postgraduate courses here.

International Students

Studying for your degree at the University of Sheffield offers you a world-class high-quality qualification and excellent value for money. One of the great advantages of studying at the University of Sheffield is that your money will go further in our city.

Find out more about living costs, scholarships, tuition fees and more for international students.

If you are an International applicant and have accepted a place on a taught postgraduate course, the University of Sheffield will ask you to pay a deposit towards your course tuition fee. By paying a tuition fee deposit you will indicate that you are definitely going to take up your place. Read more here.

Tuition Fees

You can find information on tuition fees for both UK/EU and overseas students here.

Home or overseas tuition fee status?

In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. The regulations governing the fee status of students can be found on the government legislation website.

Read more about home or overseas tuition fee status.

Tuition fee refund policy

If you are considering, or have decided to take leave of absence, withdraw entirely or transfer to another University, you will need to know how this will affect your tuition fees. Read the Tuition Fee Refund Policy for essential information on tuition fee refunds here.

Funding your study

Find out more about financial support, money management and additional support here. There is also more information on the sources of funding that can help you pay for your postgraduate studies here.

Other potential costs

Reassessment fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.

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