Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students with a first- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (such as sociology, social policy, social administration or criminology).

Months of entry


Course content

On this master’s in Sociology and Social Policy, you’ll take a research-first approach, with a thorough methods education, to understand the social theories on which sociology and social policy are based.

You’ll join a community of academics at the forefront of research in Social Sciences. We are strongly committed to providing the very best learning experience for all our students in a friendly, stimulating and research-led environment. You’ll be supported to gain the tools you need to critically examine sociological concepts, such as interest, modernity, inequality, globalisation, class, and gender.

You can choose from three pathways, allowing you to fit your studies to your interests or career plans.

• Substantive pathway - Focussing on fundamental concepts of sociology and social policy and on how these relate to contemporary policy issues.

• International Social Policy - Focussing on understanding global social inequality and policy responses with a grounding in governance.

• Research methods pathway - Students who wish to obtain thorough quantitative and qualitative methods training should enrol in the Research methods pathway.

We keep a global perspective; using social theory and concepts to understand societies around the globe, comparing richer and poorer regions. On this UK master’s course, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of:

• the main themes and debates in sociology and how to use them to analyse social issues

• the main issues in the philosophy of social science

• conceptual debates in social policy

• qualitative and quantitative research methods, and data analysis techniques

• designing and conducting independent research in sociology or social policy

You’ll join a close-knit and diverse learning community, we offer an exceptional academic experience, with small-group teaching that allows you to explore topics in depth and plenty of support to ensure you achieve your potential.

You’ll graduate well placed to pursue careers in social research, public administration, or public policy in the public, private or voluntary sector. In the last Graduate Outcomes survey published in 2020, 100% of postgraduate Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology graduates were employed or in further study fifteen months after graduation (latest Graduate Outcomes, 2017/18). You will have also taken the first step towards a PhD in sociology and/or social policy.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the IELTS requirement will be an overall score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
44(0)23 8059 5395