Taught course


University of Sheffield · Department of Sociological Studies

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in sociology, social policy, development studies, international relations, political science or a related subject. If you don’t have a degree in this area but you have relevant work experience, get in touch with us to discuss.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course helps you think systematically about the social world, the changes taking place and what those changes mean for societies of the future. You’ll analyse social problems at a local, national and global level.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates are academics, researchers and health and social care professionals. Others become managers or administrators in the public and private sectors.

How we teach

Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.

Course content

Core modules cover theoretical concepts and methods in sociology. We focus on major contemporary social problems. Optional modules are based on research we’re doing into various important topics. You’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Core modules

These include: Explorations in Contemporary Social Change; Foundations of Sociological Inquiry; Qualitative Methods; Quantitative Methods.

Examples of optional modules

These can include: Digital Research; Men, Masculinities and Gender Relations; Sociology of Evil; Sociology of the New Genetics; Intimacy and Personal Relationships; Sociology of Whiteness.

Teaching and assessment

We use a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and problem-solving exercises. You’re assessed on coursework. You’ll also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6402