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Study the ways our modern world connects us across traditional boundaries.


If you're interested in how societies and cultures across the world are increasingly connected, including how social media impacts our global society and what this means for people's lives and identities, then this masters in sociology is for you.

You will discover more about the different ways people are shaped by their nationality, gender and ethnicity and the global effects of cultural transformation. You will develop advanced research skills to help you design, interpret and critically evaluate data and findings, culminating in the completion of a research project of your own.

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You will learn to investigate social and cultural differences and transformations in the contemporary world and the international world of work, and you will develop an insight into the effect of social media on societies.

You'll be based in a department with a reputation for cutting-edge research, with access to two innovative research centres, CURB (Centre for Urban Research) and ECCE (European Centre for Cultural Exploration), both of which provide opportunities to connect with researchers and students in other parts of the world to share experiences and explore findings.

You will study four core modules:
-Culture, Society and Globalisation 1: Theories and Developments
-Culture, Society and Globalisation 2: Inequalities and Practices
-Social Research Methods and Management
-Understanding Social Media

Then you will also study your choice of two of three options:
-Option 1: Metrics in Society
-Option 2: Themes and Issues in Contemporary Sociology
-Option 3: Approved elective module from another department, for example: Global and Environmental Crises (Politics); Asylum and Human Trafficking (Politics); Creativity (Philosophy); Women, Citizenship and Conflict (Centre for Women's Studies); Researching Cinema and Television (Theatre, Film and Television)

You will develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. To complete this masters in sociology degree, you will produce a 15,000-word dissertation based on your research project.


This broad-based masters in sociology degree is an ideal grounding for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or for a career in an international organisation, government organisations or the third sector. The communication and cultural knowledge developed will be highly valued by any organisation with international interests.

Visit the Culture, Society and Globalization - MA page on the University of York website for more details!




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