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Sociology, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #194 (QS) ,
MSc Sociology at University of Aberdeen, provides you with theoretical and methodological concepts in sociology to think critically about issues affecting society.

About

Sociology is the study of people and societies, with particular emphasis on modern urban settings. The subject overlaps with other related disciplines such as politics, international relations, anthropology, economics, history, human geography and psychology. The subject brings understanding from analysis to understand cause and effect across law, religion, migration, prejudice and discrimination, gender, love, family, war, peace. This broad focus is also reflected in the research interests of Aberdeen Sociology staff who specialise in areas as diverse as global conflict and peace studies, religion and secularisation, global political economy, identities and well-being and the relationship between humans and other animals.

The MSc Sociology at University of Aberdeen is designed for you if you have a background in sociology or if you wish to extend your knowledge of the subject into the postgraduate level. It will also work well as a conversion degree for you with little or no previous experience of Sociology. The programme covers the core theoretical and methodological concepts and debates in sociology and offers a series of elective courses that reflect the department’s expertise and current research.

You will gain an advanced understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary sociology. You will develop an awareness of the key empirical areas of research in sociology and their implications for social policy and social change.

Careers

  • Non government organisations
  • Charities
  • Private and public sectors
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Consultancy

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods 
  • Advanced Social Theory  
  • The Comparative Study of European Societies 
  • Sex, Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches 
  • Post - Conflict Justice and Peacebuilding 
  • Global Conflict and Peace Processes 
  • Dimensions of Globalization 
  • Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

  • Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience, appropriate to the field of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Aberdeen

  • 729 - 1070 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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