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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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This programme reflects the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies' expertise in research methods training. It provides comprehensive training in the whole process of research conceptualisation, design and operationalisation.
Students will study sociological theory and methodology, with the opportunity to develop sociological research skills and explore a variety of themes in socio-legal studies.
If you are interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods, you may consider our innovative MSc in Social Research Methods, run by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.
Sociology as a discipline encompasses the examination and analysis of all aspects of social life and social relations. This course is designed to provide you with a grounding in social research to enable you to develop sociological investigations of the social world.
Designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches, this programme allows you to study sociological issues alongside innovative methods.
This MPhil pathway is designed to give students a basic understanding of major themes and debates in political and economic sociology.
This MPhil pathway is designed to give students a basic understanding of major themes and debates in the sociology of reproduction and new reproductive technologies.
Public sociology is a distinctive approach to the discipline, in which sociological knowledge theory, analysis and social practice is directly connected to the experiences of particular ‘publics’, normally understood as community groups, interest groups, campaigns or other civil society organisations.
The Sociology of Education MA will guide students through the latest theories, concepts and research in the sociology of education, exploring the wider political, social and cultural contexts of policy and practice in education.
An impressive national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world. Reflect upon your experience, develop creative ideas and aid critical perspective in practice and theory.
The programme consists of three components. This course is taught by Dr Ella McPherson, Prof Patrick Baert and Dr Marcus Morgan; it covers some of the major theoretical contributions to the study of the media and culture and some key substantive topics.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest issues and debates in sociology. Hone your research skills, and develop expertise that will prepare you for a career in social policy, social work, local government, public service and more.
This pathway aims to integrate the consideration of themes in social theory with the study of substantive topics, as well as give a thorough grounding in research methods.
Explore social sciences with a wide array of social and cultural themes that seek to understand the wider significance of topical political events and emerging social trends.
Join an academic community that encourages intellectual engagement, reflection and debate
The College has established and recognised links with the NHS, Social Services, and private sector companies. These links allow our students to meet with many potential employers, and our staff to ensure that all our teaching is up-to-the-minute and responsive to employer demand.
This programme will develop your understanding of the key concepts and theorisations of childhood and youth, as well as enhance your knowledge on children and young people’s lives across the Global North and South.
• A range of courses developed with public sector organisations within the education, teaching, business, health, law and psychology spheres.
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000
The Sociology MA aims to extend and develop students’ knowledge of core areas of sociological scholarship and research methods.
By studying in the School of History, Art History, Philosophy and American Studies, you will join a vibrant community where high-calibre teaching and research is combined with a stimulating and supportive environment.