Taught course

Sociological Research

The University of Manchester · Sociology

Entry requirements

First degree at 2:1 level (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject for direct Masters entry. .

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to educate and train students to give them the requisite skills and knowledge to become an effective professional sociological researcher. This entails teaching them: (i) the philosophical underpinnings of sociology, (ii) key issues and questions in sociology, (iii) key sociological theories, (iv) key issues in selected substantive areas of sociology (students are offered a range of options of such substantive areas), (v) principles of research design, (vi) techniques and principles of quantitative analysis, (vii) techniques and principles of qualitative analysis. This is a recognised 1+3 entry route for ESRC PhD training.

Module details:
You take six course units in Research Design, Social Theory; Cultural Identity; Methodological Issues; Quantitative Methods, and Qualitative Methods, and two optional course units. Examples of optional course units include: Politics and Culture; Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change; Cultures of Digital Play; New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Students may also negotiate an Independent Studies course unit, linked to their particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. Students complete a 12,000 word dissertation, on a research topic of their choice, in addition to the eight taught course units.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment62
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Zoe Woodend
+44 (0)161 275 1296