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Course content

We are in a time of immense social change, where the need for social research has never been greater. This MA programme equips students with the tools and knowledge to understand how and why social, political and cultural changes manifest themselves, both in the UK and internationally. It offers students a sound training in research methods and equips them with the cutting-edge in theoretical and methodological approaches. The MA is suitable both for those wishing to hone their skills and knowledge to pursue further academic research opportunities, and for those seeking a relevant and rigorous course which will prepare them for employment in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

Sample module options

The following modules are indications only - the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer, the module content and the assessment methods.
Core modules:
-Research Methods (LPM003)
-Social Divisions (LYM001)
-Social Theory and Social Change (LYM005)
-Dissertation (LYM007)

Choose from the following elective modules to the value of 40 credits:
-Health Care Organisation and Policies (LBM007)
-Public Policy, public management and governance (LBM001)
-Social policy: contemporary themes and challenges (LBM005)
-Work Placement (LYM010)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

You will take part in interactive small seminars, presentations and group work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to whom you can turn for help and advice. Assessment occurs through essays and reports (for example, on the practical application of research methods), and a dissertation.

Career Prospects

This new MA programme opens the way vocationally to both research at doctoral level and to work in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

Visit the Sociology and Social Research - MA page on the Aston University website for more details!

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