Entry requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree at upper second class standard in a relevant subject area. In exceptional circumstances social research experience may be considered as equivalent qualifying experience for the course. Where equivalent experience is considered candidates may be asked to demonstrate their competence through written submission and interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme forms the sociology elements of the core Masters research training within the ESRC Queen Mary/Goldsmiths Doctoral Training centre. This innovative structure offers you the possibility to learn research skills within an interdisciplinary environment while retaining a strong connection to a sociological specialism.

Please note that the MRes in Sociology is only for those who have been awarded an ESRC DTC studentship to study for a PhD.

The programme combines a commitment to interdisciplinarity, while at the same time providing you with a grounding in core sociological methods and procedures.

You will engage seriously and at a high level of sophistication with the methodological literature and debates involved in both interdisciplinary and sociologically informed research.

Through the research training courses in qualitative techniques you will have productive dialogue with researchers and students from other social science disciplines.

In addition, you will also receive a detailed grounding in sociological research craft through completing discipline-specific courses.

The MRes in Sociology will:

  • Provide you with knowledge and understanding of sociological theory in application to key theoretical and methodological approaches and traditions in sociological research.
  • Provide you with rigorous training in advanced methods of quantitative and qualitative sociological research and data analysis.
  • Enable you to understand, and critically and analytically engage with, the entire process of social research, from theory and concept formation to research design, data collection, data analysis, and to final reporting and evaluation stage.
  • Provide you with core social research and data analysis skills that can be used in further PhD study or in a variety of employment contexts.
  • Train you to independently design, conduct, manage and evaluate social research at an advanced level.
  • Enable you to actively and productively reflect upon your own skills, knowledge and understanding as an independent social researcher and sociologist.
  • Expose you to cutting edge and sophisticated theoretical and methodological areas in an internationally recognised Sociology Department.
  • Expose you to an interdisciplinary space to discuss research techniques and methods within the fields of psychology, economics, politics, socio-linguistics, geography, social anthropology and media and communications all represented in within the Doctoral Training session.

Fees and funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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