This programme invites you to think systematically about the social world and how it is currently changing.
*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*
Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/141/sociology
The programme provides a comprehensive overview of the foundational concerns and current debates in sociology and offers a range of options for exploring applications in specific areas of research. You will learn about current theoretical tools and develop skills in research and data analysis, which can be used in a range of professional fields. The programme is also an excellent basis for pursuing further research in sociology or more specialised or applied subjects.
The programme aims to provide you with:
• A thorough grounding in sociological research on modern societies and contemporary culture, as well as cutting edge contemporary social theory
• The broadest possible scope for choice and selection of optional modules, both within SSPSSR and from other Schools
• Knowledge of the methodological procedures used to investigate a wide range of practical and substantive issues
• Skills for practical research-related tasks
• The opportunity to develop transferable employment-related skills through group work, presentations and the use of information technologies
• A capacity to undertake independent research.
The programme is also designed to enhance your professional development. We place considerable emphasis on the socialisation of graduate students into a research community. This is reflected in our pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. There is less didactic teaching and more emphasis on structured seminars with greater participation from students. Class sizes are generally much smaller than at undergraduate level and you will always be taught by established members of the academic staff. This leads to close working relationships between staff and students. You will also participate in the staff/graduate research seminar, and thereby, will be presented with opportunities to become more fully involved in a professional research culture.
Format and assessment
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:
- Foundations of Sociology (20 credits)
- Contemporary Social Theory (20 credits)
- Race, Difference and Belonging (20 credits)
- Social Suffering (20 credits)
- The Family, Parenting Culture and Parenting Policy (20 credits)
- Theories of Crime (20 credits)
- Comparative Social Policy (20 credits)
- Organised Civil Society and the Third Sector (20 credits)
- Key Issues in Comparative Social Policy (20 credits)
- Cultural Criminology (20 credits)
Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.
Our graduates go on to work for a range of organisations across the public, private and third sectors, and typically pursue careers which involve specialist research and data analysis skills. Recent graduates have worked for Government, NGOs, charities and think tanks as well as global media organisations.
How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
Why study at The University of Kent?
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/
Postgraduate scholarships and funding
We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/
English language learning
If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html