For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience.
International applicants will be required to hold an IELTs of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.
Months of entry
The 21st Century has witnessed rapid social changes in terms of our personal relationships, communities, politics and the technology we use. Our MA Sociology degree offers the tools to understand the drivers of this change as well as the challenges these present to our societies.
Sociology provides distinct insights into the contested character of contemporary processes of global, national and local transformations, and how these transformations are driven by and reflected in the complexity of individual identities and allegiances.
The MA Sociology programme has a strong theoretical core, which critically examines the major sociological traditions as tools for understanding contemporary social transformations. We will take these traditions and combine them with cutting-edge theoretical frameworks to explain social phenomena that are reshaping our societies: the rise of new technologies and social media, the rise of new forms of populist politics, widening socio economic inequalities, and increasing forms of individualisation.
The programme will appeal to those who want to better understand complex shifts and transformations within our societies. Alongside social theory, the MA Sociology programme offers a suite of optional modules that examine a range of social issues and divisions such as crime, migration, poverty and inequality, race and ethnicity. You will approach these issues by pursuing distinctively sociological questions of the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and wider social processes, the dynamics of stability and change and the distribution of power. This will be paralleled by training in the analysis of empirical sociological research, the design of research programmes and the methods for collecting, interpreting and presenting sociological data.
Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022.
- Transforming Identities (20 credits)
- Transforming Societies (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules* (80 credits from the list below)
- The Third Sector and Social Policy (20 credits)
- Migration, Super diversity, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
- Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policymaking (20 credits)
- Globalisation, International Migration & Citizenship (20 credits)
- Crime and Social Harm (20 credits)
- Sociology of Race and Racism (20 credits)
- Applied Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis (20 credits)
- Global Policy Institutions and Networks (20 credits)
- Policy Evaluation (20 credits)
- Philosophies of Welfare: creating new societies? (20 credits)
- Poverty, Wealth and Inequality (20 credits)
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions