Entry requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent from a recognised university. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme covers the core theoretical and methodological issues in sociology and offers a series of elective courses covering some of the main specialisms of our Department. It’s particularly well suited for those wishing to extend their knowledge of sociology into the postgraduate level, or for those with little or no experience of sociology who want to equip themselves for advanced study in the future. After successfully completing the programme, students should be equipped with: an understanding of the key debates and theoretical currents in sociology; an understanding of the a variety of methodological approaches to sociological research; an awareness of the key empirical areas of research in sociology and their implications for social policy and social change; the ability to think theoretically and critically about the key issues facing contemporary society; the ability to sustain life‐long learning and intellectual development; the ability to undertake independent social scientific research.

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)1224 272762