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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
Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Read more
Founded by Ernest Gellner, this is one of the few programs in the world solely dedicated to the study of nationalism, including migration, ethnic conflict, prejudice, self-determination, populism, minority protection and language and citizenship rights. Read more
With more than 230 million global citizens living outside their home countries, international migration is one of the most critical issues facing the global community in the 21st century. Read more
Glocal is an interdisciplinary 18-month graduate program. We translate academic research into a practical understanding of community development - an approach empowering communities in need across the world to prosper and succeed. Read more
The related postgraduate qualifications in Conflict, Peace and Security , offered jointly by UNITAR, Division for Peace and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) , focus on specific parts of the curriculum of the Master’s in Conflict, Peace and Security , providing leaners with academic flexibility depending on their interests and professional needs. Read more
The modern world is permeated and shaped by digital technologies in all areas of life. communication, learning, playing, creativity, dating, therapy —you name it. The Master's Degree Programme in Sustainable Digital Life (SDL) focuses on enhancing our digital lives. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
The Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is a conversion course for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The course is ideal for anyone who wants to study an intensive course in Sociology in one year and apply for further studies at MA level in Sociology. Read more
Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for sociology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking. Sociology is about understanding and describing our local society and its global setting. Read more
The MA Visual Sociology is designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches. Read more
The MA Sociology is for people who have loved their undergraduate studies and want more -more of a challenge, more advanced methods training, and more of a global view of the sociological world. Read more