Taught course

Social Change, Environment and Sustainability

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or another Social Sciences subject. Students with a degree in other Humanities disciplines with demonstrable research skills will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Months of entry


Course content

Take the lead in tackling the global environmental crisis with a course designed for the future.
Using theories from Sociology, you’ll gain an understanding of the challenges of building sustainable societies. Our expert academics will train you in research methods and design, so you can put the theory into practice from day one.
Study exciting topics such as energy use, climate change, the global food system, biodiversity and more. You can also tailor your studies to your own interests and choose from our range of optional units, which may include:
  • Sociology of Consumption
  • Postcolonial Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Urban Sociology
  • Critical Environmental Politics
  • The Politics of Global Climate Change
  • Anthropology of Vision, Senses and Memory
  • Understanding Big Data for Social Research

Upon graduating, you’ll have the skills you need to tackle complex problems around social change, the environment and sustainability. Our academic staff will support you to contribute to environmental research, policies, initiatives and projects at a variety of scales.

Join one of the world's leading universities for Sociology and Sustainability, ranked top 5 for Sociology in the UK (THE 2023) and top in the UK (and second world-wide) for global impact against the UN's sustainable development goals. Our Sociology research leads the way and we're ranked in the UK's top three departments for sociology research (REF 2021)

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Fees and funding

Both home and international students may benefit from scholarships, merit awards, bursaries and loans available at The University of Manchester.

For further information on fees and funding, available scholarships and bursaries, as well as their full eligibility criteria, please visit our funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences