Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest issues and debates in sociology. Hone your research skills, and develop expertise that will prepare you for a career in social policy, social work, local government, public service and more.
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 15 months full-time (January starts).
Semester 1: Monday 3-6pm (part-time).
Semester 2: Monday 3-6pm (part-time).
Our Master's course will help deepen your knowledge of the theoretical and substantive aspects of contemporary sociology. You’ll develop expertise in the principles and application of social research methodology, and examine key debates and issues like progress and reason, genetic structuralism and the role of modernity.
Our optional modules will also let you explore more specialist areas such as modern crime control, nationalism or nature and society.
All your studies will be supported by our research-active staff, whose interests reflect the latest developments in sociology. Our staff and their areas of expertise are:
To support your learning, we run a research seminar series and frequent symposia and conferences. All our students are welcome to attend and contribute.
See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/sociology
This course will prepare you for work in many fields, including human resources, social policy, social work, educational development, community development, counselling, local government, the civil service, public services and charities.
Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Sociology.
Contemporary Social Theory
Postgraduate Research Methods
Nationalism, Diasporas and Identities
Nature, Technology and Society
Independent Learning Module
Depending on the module, you’ll show your progress through a combination of essays, presentations, case studies and portfolio work, as well as a Major Project at the end of the course.
Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Our course covers both historical traditions and contemporary developments.
Our research strengths include:
Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life.
For details about the part-time course, contact Philosophy Postgraduate Convener Dr Gordon Finlayson at [email protected]
There are core modules taught in the autumn term, and in the spring term you choose from a list of options.
The largest assessed element in the MA is the 15,000-word dissertation. In addition, the core modules and options are assessed by 5,000-word term papers.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work
Many of our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in:
Others have gone on to research degrees. Over the last 30 years, a substantial number of leading academics in the UK and elsewhere have graduated from the course. Among our alumni we count professors of sociology, philosophy and politics, working at universities in the UK and beyond.
90% of students from the School of History, Art History and Philosophy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our Philosophy students have gone on to jobs including:
(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)
Our MA is an innovative degree that offers a challenging and engaging course of study for anyone interested in the field of global and international education. The course responds to the sometimes rapid changes to education on a global and international scale.
You will study a multidisciplinary postgraduate degree course consisting of six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation. It can be studied full-time over the course of one year, or up to three years part-time.
There are two compulsory modules designed to introduce you to the terrain of global and international education, and the approaches used to understand this terrain:
• Theoretical Perspectives on Global and International Education
Introduces you to the key theoretical perspectives and concepts relating to global and international contexts of education.
• Researching Education in a Global World
You will be introduced to education research methods to support your dissertation.
It is suitable for anyone with an interest in education on a global and international scale, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career as an educational professional, or who wish to work in governmental and non-governmental roles both nationally and internationally.
• Global Childhoods
• Internationalisation of Higher Education: Transformation and Exploitation
• Development Education 1: issues and challenges
• Development Education 2: enquiry and impact
• Intercultural Learning through Study Visits
• The Intercultural Dimension
• Ethics and Globalisation and Thinking Cosmopolitanism.
Formal contact hours with tutors involve lecture, seminar, discussion and workshop type activities. Lectures are used to underpin key concepts and challenges and initiate areas of study. Seminars, workshops and discussions focus on developing critical thinking, enabling you to comment upon particular aspects of current research; and to devise, justify and sustain your arguments.
You are expected to work independently as well as collaboratively in pairs, groups and action learning sets to aid support and critical reflection and you will also benefit from access to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers further study and self-help mechanisms.
A range of written assignments and final dissertation.
This course is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a career as an educational professional, or wish to work in governmental and non- governmental roles both nationally and internationally. It is also be of interest to existing teachers seeking middle and senior leadership in teaching, as well as those interested in other aspects of school sector service provision, and those working in education systems. Graduates can also go on to study at doctoral level.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.