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?

  • Be inspired by our tutors’ expertise in key areas such as climate change and social inequalities
  • Benefit from the quality and depth of our research which achieves national and global recognition
  • Get involved in using sociology as a way of contributing to positive cultural and social change
  • Prepare for your main dissertation with our innovative mini research group projects
  • Gain valuable transferable skills in critical thinking to help you stand out in the job market

Forward-thinking research

Our programme lets you focus on a wide range of contemporary issues in society, such as inequality, racism and capitalism. At the same time, you’ll focus on developing your critical skills

You’ll be part of our ground-breaking research community where some of our academics dedicate their time to climate change, while others focus on finding alternatives to social and economic inequalities. Our committed and socially engaged experts create a vibrant environment where you’ll be able to thrive.

To make sure our programme is inclusive and culturally diverse, we’ve expanded our global focus and are decolonising our curriculum.

Practical project experience

As well as a dissertation, our MA includes a separate module which gives you the opportunity to work in groups on a mini research project. This is a good trial run to develop your social research skills in a safe environment while receiving constructive feedback.

Working together with others like this is a great way to experience different approaches and gives you another practical project to refer to in job interviews.

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

Sociology Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148