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Sociology (MA)

Course Description

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.


Our Master's course will help deepen your knowledge of the theoretical and substantive aspects of contemporary sociology. You’ll develop expertise in the principles and application of social research methodology, and examine key debates and issues like progress and reason, genetic structuralism and the role of modernity.

Our optional modules will also let you explore more specialist areas such as modern crime control, nationalism or nature and society.

All your studies will be supported by our research-active staff, whose interests reflect the latest developments in sociology. Our staff and their areas of expertise are:
•Dr Shaun le Boutillier (Course Leader): social theory; applied ethics; explanations of the relations between individual and society
•Dr Liz Bradbury: social theory; gender studies; psychoanalysis; the Frankfurt School
•Dr David Skinner: race and racism, the social and political aspects of scientific and technological innovation; the relationship between the natural and social sciences; forensics, databases and surveillance; the changing management of public services
•Dr Sam Lundrigan: criminological geographic profiling systems; spatial behaviour of serial rapists; behaviour consistency of serial offenders
•Dr Anna Markovska: transitional countries; serious crime; corruption; drug abuse
•Colleen Moore: violent behaviour; justice and injustice through the courts; human trafficking; comparative criminology
•Emma Brett: public service; learning and education; equality and cultural diversity; barriers to learning
•Julian Constable: learning and teaching in the post-compulsory education sector; police training methods

To support your learning, we run a research seminar series and frequent symposia and conferences. All our students are welcome to attend and contribute.

Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 3-5pm (full-time); Mondays or Thursdays from 3-5pm (part-time).

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/sociology


This course will prepare you for work in many fields, including human resources, social policy, social work, educational development, community development, counselling, local government, the civil service, public services and charities.

Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Sociology.


Core modules:
Contemporary Social Theory
Postgraduate Research Methods
Major Project

Optional modules:
Nationalism, Diasporas and Identities
Nature, Technology and Society
Independent Learning Module


Depending on the module, you’ll show your progress through a combination of essays, presentations, case studies and portfolio work, as well as a Major Project at the end of the course.

Visit the Sociology (MA) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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