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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit website for more details

Course content

This programme provides core teaching in the ideas and approaches of sociology as applied to understanding social order and social change globally and internationally. It explores the local impacts of global processes, and global impacts of local processes.

This programme will give you a better understanding of global processes of social change, and allow you to explore topics of personal interest in depth, both in coursework and in a supervised dissertation project.

It will appeal to those concerned about some of the key social problems and dynamics of our day, providing a thorough grounding in approaches to social research on global issues.

It presents sociology as the study of a dynamic and globalising world, around such issues as:

  • sustainable development
  • migration, refugees and displacement
  • global financial markets
  • social network analysis
  • China
  • human rights and citizenship
  • digital and global popular cultures
  • inequality

You will become part of a community led by international experts working on globally involved topics, in one of the UK’s best departments for research and teaching.

Programme structure

You will take compulsory courses that give you a sociological perspective and prepare you for independent dissertation research.

Your four further option courses can address global topics, social theory and research training, as you prefer.

The dissertation, a piece of self-designed research with supervisory support, allows you to put your personal stamp on your studies.

Learning outcomes

When you complete the degree you will:

  • have a comprehensive overview of Sociology and its key theoretical and research concerns and approaches
  • be able to design, conduct and present a substantial piece of empirical research
  • be able to contribute to the key debates in the specific areas you have chosen to study through the optional courses

Career opportunities

This programme is extremely relevant if you are seeking employment in consultancy, the public sector, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector or think-tanks, or as an academic, practitioner or policy maker.

Past students have gone on to undertake roles in development and international aid, the public sector, academia/think-tanks, migration NGOs, environment and conservation, law and journalism.


Visit the Sociology and Global Change - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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