Entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the area of sociology or a closely related subject (however, all serious applications from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers a strong grounding in the methodologies of Sociology and allied social sciences, whilst allowing you to explore specialist aspects of the discipline. While you may wish to pursue a career in social research and many other fields, the degree also provides a firm basis for PhD-level research. If you follow the MA Social Research Methods route, you will achieve a detailed understanding of a range of traditional and emerging social research methods, and the opportunity to apply this knowledge in an independent research project that forms their dissertation. This programme encourages you to focus on cutting-edge sociology, with teaching that directly relates to the research interests and activities of academic staff.

Programme content

In order to provide a strong core in social research methods, there are three one-term mandatory modules in social research methods, beginning with Understanding Social Science and moving onto specialist modules in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. Through these, you’ll learn about latest innovations and debates in methodology as well as practicebased learning. You’ll then be able to choose three optional modules from a range of specialist modules. You’ll also progress to research and write your own 15,000-word dissertation with personal supervision from one of our leading scholars.

Overall we aim to encourage a critical understanding of the possibilities of Sociology in terms of empirical research, methodological innovations, theoretical developments, and their interrelations.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with no more than two components at 6.5 or 6.0, or other accepted language test.

Fees and funding

UK students
For 2018/19: £8,580
International students
For 2018/19: £19,300

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. Details can be found here:


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)24 765 23600