Taught course


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. 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) in a Social Science subject for Postgraduate Diploma route entry.

MA in Sociology; Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to provide students with a general interest in sociology the opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge of the discipline.

Module details:
You take four core compulsory course units: Social Theory and Cultural Identity; Culture, Modernity and Media; Research Design I and II, together with four options chosen from a wide range of specialist 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; Qualitative Research Methods; Introduction to Quantitative Methods; Methodological Issues in Social Research. Students may also negotiate an Independent Studies course unit, linked to their particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. Students registered for the MA (or who upgrade from the PG Diploma) 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

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum IELTS 7 with a score of 7 in writing.TOEFL 623 (263 CBT) with a minimum Test of Written English 5.0. Internet based TOEFL score of 100 with 25 in each element.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 1296