Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Study in our well-respected department with its excellent research ratings and supportive culture
  • Benefit from rigorous training in analysing evidence – useful preparation for further research or a range of exciting careers
  • Pick from a wide range of optional modules within our five specialist pathways
  • Be inspired by our widely published academics who’ve also produced podcast series, videos and even board games
  • Be part of our vibrant social community – try one of our Feminist Movie Mondays or our ‘intellectual party’ student conference

Our MA Social Research is a fantastic stepping-stone if you’re thinking of going on to do a PhD or further research. Or you may already be in employment and want to top up your research skills to make you more effective in your role.

Flexible and forward-thinking

Our programme is made up of four core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation. You’ll have the flexibility to tailor your research by choosing one of our five specialist pathways:

  • Sociology
  • Gender Studies
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Environment. Culture and Society
  • Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices

We believe you need to be part of a strong community to produce high quality research. And so, at Lancaster, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a thriving, intellectual and social community, with international conferences, public debates, film screenings and networking opportunities.

Exploring new approaches

Our tutors regularly publish influential research on key issues such as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on families and changes in citizenship. But they’re well known for how they engage with the public too.

Inspired by their enthusiasm, you’ll develop your own passion and make a valued contribution to our research culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with real data and learn to defend your findings. All good practice for the outside world.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148