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About the course

The MA Sociology is for people who have loved their undergraduate studies and want more -more of a challenge, more advanced methods training, and more of a global view of the sociological world. The MA Sociology is very international: we explore sociological theories from different societies, case studies of research from around the world, we discuss what happens to identities and prejudices -race, class, gender, sexuality- when people move across borders, and whether sociology is too Eurocentric. The research methods training allows students to learn about innovative qualitative methods such as mobile and sensory research, life history interviewing, and interviewing using photographs and images. The qualitative training is more advanced than undergraduate, introducing multivariate

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Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant social science discipline, such as sociology, social policy, politics, anthropology, international relations, or development studies.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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Student Profile(s)

Laura Towers

"I have really enjoyed the variety on offer within the department and the opportunity to study areas of Sociology that I had never before come across. Overall though, I think the best experience has been completing my dissertation. As a dual honours student at undergraduate I didn’t write one so it’s been fantastic to really focus on an area that I’m particularly interested in and complete my own research project under the guidance of a leading researcher in the field.

"I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and absolutely loved it. The city is a great place to live and the students’ union is fantastic. As for the University, I had such a positive experience first time round that when I decided to return to education for my postgraduate study I never considered anywhere else other than Sheffield. I’ve met a range of amazing new friends from all over the world who I intend to keep in touch with when the course is finished.

"Be open minded when choosing your modules. I began this course with my own particular areas of interest and assumed I knew what my dissertation would be about. Whilst I’ve developed my knowledge in these areas, I’ve also found new aspects of Sociology that I’m interested in and ended up doing my dissertation on something completely different than I thought. I’m glad I chose modules that were entirely new to me because it’s broadened my understanding and appreciation for the discipline."


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