The York Sociology Department is the ideal place for those who wish to undertake their own sociological research. It is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality by the recent major Research Excellence Framework review (REF2014). It is renowned for its expertise in all elements of scholarship and research and provides the ideal environment to stimulate research in the social sciences.
In addition to the Department's taught course route, it is also possible for students to undertake their MA in Sociology by Research Dissertation. Students taking this route would be expected to undertake a rigorous piece of independent research working closely with their supervisor (meeting at least twice per term).
Supervision can be drawn from the Department's expanding range of expertise in: -Criminology -Conversation Analysis -Social Media -Sociology of Health and the Body -Science and Technology Studies -Gender -Anomalous Experience -Culture and Consumption
Although this is not a taught course students do have the option of taking modules and research methods training where appropriate, although this is not compulsory.
The 25,000 word thesis must be completed within a 12 month period (Full time) and demonstrate good evidence of the candidate's ability to critically investigate a specific field of study, using solid and appropriate research methodology, written to a high standard of presentation.