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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    18 January 2018

Course content

  • Would you like cutting edge training in methods for careers in research and industry?
  • Do you want to develop sophisticated analytical and practical skills?
  • Are you looking for a course featuring outstanding teaching led by internationally respected scholars?

This programme aims to educate and train students to give them the requisite skills and knowledge to become an effective, professional sociological researcher. This entails teaching them:

  • the philosophical underpinnings of sociology
  • key issues and questions in sociology
  • key sociological theories
  • key issues in selected substantive areas of sociology (students are offered a range of options of such substantive areas)
  • principles of research design
  • techniques and principles of quantitative analysis
  • techniques and principles of qualitative analysis

This is a recognised 1+3 entry route for ESRC PhD training.

Contact:

Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn

Email: 

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2496

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by course work, mainly via 3,000 word essays or the equivalent, plus a 12,000 word dissertation.

Course unit details

You take six course units in Research Design, Social Theory; Cultural Identity; Methodological Issues; Quantitative Methods, and Qualitative Methods, and two optional course units. Examples of optional course units include: Politics and Culture; Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change; Cultures of Digital Play; New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Students may also negotiate an Independent Studies course unit, linked to their particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. Students complete a 12,000 word dissertation, on a research topic of their choice, in addition to the eight taught course units.

Career opportunities

Students who complete this MSc are suitably placed to pursue a PhD. In addition they are skilled to pursue social research careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates who do not pursue a research career typically enter a wide range of graduate level occupations.


Visit the Sociological Research (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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