Research course

Sociology by Research

University of York · Department of Sociology
MA by research

Entry requirements

This is particularly appropriate for students with a focussed interest in a particular area of sociology, who have already developed a firm basis for their chosen research topic.

Those who have, or are soon to complete, a degree in Sociology or a similar discipline, or whose degree major contained a significant proportion of Sociology units, are eligible to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Sociology is the ideal place for those who wish to undertake their own sociological research. Sociology at York is renowned for its research. In the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the 2021 REF results, we're ranked 4th overall and joint 1st for our real-world impact, we provide a world-class research environment.

In addition to the Department's taught course route, it is also possible for students to undertake their MA in Sociology by Research Dissertation. Students taking this route would be expected to undertake a rigorous piece of independent research working closely with their supervisor (meeting at least twice per term).

Departmental areas of expertise

Supervision can be drawn from the Department's expanding range of expertise in:

  • Criminology,
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Social Media
  • Sociology of Health and the Body
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Gender
  • Anomalous Experience
  • Culture and Consumption

Although this is not a taught course students do have the option of taking modules and research methods training where appropriate, although this is not compulsory.

Information for international students

For applicants whose native language is not English, the Department sets an English language proficiency level of 7.0 in the British Council's IELTS test with at least IELTS 6.0 in writing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    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

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