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.

Months of entry


Course content

Why are ‘private troubles’ also ‘public issues’? You’ll explore and answer questions just like this on our MA Sociology programme. MA Sociology is a lively and engaging programme for students interested in how social life shapes individuals’ experiences of the world around us.

Programme content

Focusing on cutting-edge areas of the discipline, our teaching is carried out by leading, research active sociologists. From across sociology and allied social sciences, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of theories and methodologies. Then, by choosing from our wide range of specialist modules, you’ll tailor your
programme dependent on your own specific interests.

The work you will do during your Masters study will include: examining individuals’ experiences, and encounters with structures and institutions; reading new empirical research; exploring social theories; and assessing innovative methodologies. The skills you will develop in doing this will stand you in good stead as you progress into your career.

The taught modules on this programme provide you with a detailed understanding of a range of traditional and emerging social research methods; you’ll then apply this knowledge to your dissertation. The dissertation is your chance to carry out an independent research project on a topic that inspires you, supervised by one of our academics.

You may have already studied sociology, or perhaps you are considering a new intellectual home. Students from different humanities and social science disciplines, who have an interest in obtaining a deep and complex understanding of the social world, are welcomed on to this programme.

Aside from your core modules, you will also take at least one of these modules:

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. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. 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