Taught course

Sociology and Social Research

Newcastle University · School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a sociology/policy discipline such as criminology, organisational studies, cultural studies; media studies, film studies or human geography.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Sociology and Social Research MA provides specialist research training. The course provides high-quality research training to enhance key skills and employability. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognise it as offering the requisite skills training for preparation for a PhD.
Sociology at Newcastle has a solid track record of excellence in research-grounded postgraduate studies.
Throughout the course you will gain:
  • an appreciation of the theoretical traditions that influence and shape sociology as a discipline
  • an awareness of the philosophical principles and epistemological frameworks that underpin all social enquiry
  • an understanding of social divisions as structures of power and inequality
  • an understanding of the profound transformations in contemporary society and the implications of this for understanding collective and individual agency
  • a strong practical grounding in a range of research methods and awareness of the epistemological consequences of methodological issues and choices.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web 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

School of Geography Politics and Sociology (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/)
+44 (0) 191 208 3921