Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a 2:1 or equivalent from their honours undergraduate degree programme in a relevant subject. 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. Overseas applicants may be interviewed, where appropriate by telephone, skype or video conferencing.

Months of entry


Course content

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

See our website for more details about funding http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7078 5300