Taught course

Sociology and Global Inequality

Queen's University Belfast · School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree (with minimum of 55%) or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.

Applicants with an acceptable 2.2 Honours degree below 55% or equivalent, may be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st July 2024 at 4pm

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal prior to the deadline stated on course finder.

Months of entry


Course content

This Master of Science focuses on one of the most significant issues in the contemporary world: social inequalities. Through a range of research-led courses, this MSc explores their roots, their cultural, religious and political manifestations. The MSc also enables students to develop theoretical abilities, methodological skills, and critical thinking about social inequalities and the ways in which they can be challenged. As such it offers a uniquely broad skill set.

Inequalities contribute to fundamentalisms and populist movements, and drive civil wars and conflicts. But inequalities also generate new forms of political activism, generating demands for gender and racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and prompts calls for governments to deal with increasing levels of socioeconomic inequality.

The programme draws on the expertise of award-winning staff whose research addresses inequalities through a wide range of themes and regions of the world. Within this vibrant intellectual environment, you will develop practical and intellectual capacities for understanding inequality, power and agency, relevant to a wider range of professional contexts.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st July 2024 at 4pm.

Information for international students

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at www.qub.ac.uk/Study/international-students/international-scholarships.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £7,300 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £7,300 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250 EU Other 3 £21,500 International £21,500

1EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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