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Masters Degrees in Sociology examine the organisation and development of human societies and effects they have on the experiences and behaviour of groups and individuals within them.
These are advanced postgraduate degrees, building on undergraduate training in sociology or a related discipline. They develop skills in both quantitative and qualitative analysis, including the ability to apply theories to real-world scenarios and to collect and analyse potentially sensitive data.
Programmes may be taught or research-based (with the opportunity to carry out interesting independent fieldwork and other projects). MA, MSc MRes and MPhil degrees are available, depending on the content and focus of a given course.
Sociology has a broad range of applications for practical and vocational work, or for further academic research and training.
Skilled postgraduates can go on to roles in fields ranging from politics to economics, drawing on their ability to appreciate and analyse the interactions between organisational systems and the needs of individuals within them.
Research roles can follow similar paths, with opportunities to provide expertise to think-tanks or policy units. Needless to say, a Masters in sociology is also an excellent preparation for a PhD in a range of related fields.
Whatever your eventual career choice, the skills you’ve gained on a postgraduate sociology degree will prove surprisingly versatile. You’ll be able to deal effectively with different forms of data and information and to communicate your findings effectively using appropriate media. You’ll also have experience of independent research and project management – particularly if your Masters includes a dissertation.
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Marrying two disciplines, we embrace a diversity of perspectives and foster a critical understanding of the social world in the face of change and crisis. Read more
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The University of Sussex’s Corruption and Governance MA is the only Masters to bring academic analysis from law, anthropology, economics, development studies, sociology and political science to the study of corruption and anti-corruption training. Read more
The Master’s degree aims at developing a universal culture of human rights. Read more
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