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Masters degrees in Applied Sociology are about using sociological principles and concepts to address everyday issues and problems. This normally means that these courses take a more practical approach than their ‘pure’ Sociology counterparts.
Programmes are usually a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MSc), but there are also opportunities to complete an MRes in Applied Sociology. Related subjects include Criminology and Social Research Methods.
If you study a Masters in Applied Sociology, you’ll learn how to make sociological ideas work in the ‘real world’, so to speak. Rather than focusing on theory and abstract concepts, you might concentrate instead on a certain social institution, issue or relationship.
Criminology is a common component of many Applied Sociology courses, with students typically studying crime, punishment and justice through a sociological lens. Other areas in which you might apply sociological principles include the environment, global inequality and urban policy.
A Masters in Applied Sociology could lead to employment in many sectors, such as government (local and central), political think-tanks and non-governmental organisations (NGO).
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The University of Sussex’s Corruption and Governance MA is the only Masters to bring academic analysis from law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science to the study of corruption and anti-corruption training. Read more
About this course The School of Social and Public Administration With the purpose of “national conditions, evidence, and intervention”, the college emphasizes China's national conditions from a global perspective, focuses on empirical research, and focuses on active intervention to achieve social change, thereby achieving a combination of “ social, academic, and research ”. Read more
The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences has been designed to offer a range of pathways for you to research your chosen subject interests within Social and Applied Sciences, whilst sharing in the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component of course. Read more
The MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) is a one year full time, two year part time interdisciplinary programme. It equips students with valued research and communications skills and a solid foundation in key social issues. Read more
This programme invites you to think systematically about the social world, how it is changing, the challenges and how we as individuals and groups … Read more
The MSc by Research in Sociology builds on this capacity and imagination by aiming to develop researchers who can. demonstrate sophisticated theoretical understanding; utilise a range of skills and methods; practise and develop their own research capabilities; disseminate their research findings in a meaningful way. Read more
available as Full-time available as Part-time Develop a deep insight into crime and what causes criminal behaviour by studying this uniquely practical and applied course Studying applied criminology and forensic psychology at postgraduate level will allow you to develop a range of enquiring, analytical and practical skills benefitting you as a practitioner or researcher. Read more
Policy-making in all sectors has become more data driven. Advanced training in issues of data use, data sharing, transparency, and accountability are important for both the public and private sectors. Read more
This taught postgraduate programme offers an exciting opportunity to engage with the sociological analysis of the varied and multifaceted contemporary global inequalities and policy landscape. Read more
This course examines Criminology and criminal justice in their widest sense to include consideration of issues such as human rights, politics, international relations and social policy. Read more
Interested individuals are encouraged to make an informal approach to the Department to discuss their proposal and establish an initial fit between their interests and the Department’s research priorities and expertise. Read more
Ranked 1st in the world for development studies in the QS University World Rankings, there are few better places to study the global issues of our time than at The University of Sussex.
Our range of LLM degrees offers you a choice from the most important and developing areas of the law, ensuring you have the knowledge and skills to take your career in any direction.
We currently offer 16 on-campus taught master’s programmes, 2 on-campus research LLM programmes, and 6 online LLM programmes. Some of our programmes are listed below. Our full selection of programmes can be found on our website.
Doing your postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences is your opportunity to study in one of London’s highest rated and most inspiring learning institutions.
Politics and International Relations at Southampton explores the theories, systems and policies behind key world issues including migration, human rights and democracy.