Taught course

Sociology and Social Policy

University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant discipline. In some circumstances, professional qualifications are considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers you advanced-level training in sociology and social policy. You will study sociological concepts, such as gender, class, inequality, interest, modernity, globalisation, and link them to social policy concepts, such as health, well-being, social welfare, social risk and the welfare state. Throughout, our perspective on these topics will be global; we use social theory and concepts to understand societies around the globe, comparing richer and poorer regions. All students will receive a thorough methods education, and if you want to specialise in methods you can choose our research methods pathway.

Modules from (depending on pathway): Understanding Modernity; International Social Policy; Understanding Social Change; Philosophy of Social Science Research; Research Design and Practice; Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods; Plus dissertation

Information for international students


Fees and funding



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

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
44(0)23 8059 5395