Generally a 2:1 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject is required for direct master's entry.
However the MSc in Sociological Research course is a specialised, and research focused course and not all undergraduate social science degrees will provide the appropriate background. Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.
Months of entry
- Would you like cutting edge training in methods for careers in research and industry?
- Do you want to develop sophisticated analytical and practical skills?
- Are you looking for a course featuring outstanding teaching led by internationally respected scholars?
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:
- the philosophical underpinnings of sociology
- key issues and questions in sociology
- key sociological theories
- key issues in selected substantive areas of sociology (students are offered a range of options of such substantive areas)
- principles of research design
- techniques and principles of quantitative analysis
- techniques and principles of qualitative analysis
This is a recognised 1+3 entry route for ESRC PhD training.
- Find out more about our academic staff
- Read more about some of our current and past postgraduate students
Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2496
Information for international students
IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0
TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.
TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757
Scores are valid for 2 years.
For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.
Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID
Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Sessional English Courses:
If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).
The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.
Fees and funding
Please see the School's funding page for further information.
If you are already a graduate of The University of Manchester, please visit,
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
MSc in Sociological Research is an ESRC recognised research training package for PhD (1+3 route).
Course contact details
- Zoe Woodend
- +44 (0)161 275 1296