At a Glance
The Department is one of the leading centres for the study of sociology in the United Kingdom, providing nationally and internationally recognised training in social research and equipping postgraduate students with broad range of transferable skills. Students entering the PhD should have prior methods training at the postgraduate level.
For students lacking this background, the Sociology programme of the University of Aberdeen offers a postgraduate MRes (in Social Science), which may be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time. The MRes and PhD together constitute our ESRC-recognised 1+3 postgraduate research programme. The MRes can also be taken as a standalone degree.
Our social research training equips our students to become well-rounded social scientists, as well as experts in their specific research area. A postgraduate degree with us provides entry into a variety of careers. Many of our postgraduates move into full-time academic posts in universities around the world. Others enter a variety of careers in both the private and public sectors, with some becoming social researchers for governments and charitable bodies, market researchers for firms or consulting agencies, and leaders in social enterprises and civic organisations.
- Our academic staff are internationally renowned for conducting high-quality research in religion and secularisation, political violence and peace studies, gender and social conflict, identity processes and well-being, global social change and political economy, and animals and society.
- The Department houses the Institute for Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research (ICTPR), which brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and students to develop in-depth theoretical understandings of the concepts and practices of transitions in terms of conflict and peace. The Institute provides a unique setting for learning and innovative research-based teaching for post-graduate students.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- You are welcome to apply up to 18 months before your preferred start date. Actual start dates will be confirmed in the admissions documentation.
DisciplinesGender & Sexuality Studies Sociology View 100 other Masters in Gender & Sexuality Studies in United Kingdom
- The general entry requirement is a very good degree in sociology or a cognate subject, normally understood as an upper second-class honours or equivalent
- Applicants for research degrees should also have completed significant research training at postgraduate level, for example through the MRes in Social Research that is taught within the department
- Applicants should note that the ESRC has its own entry requirements. The department will accept appropriately qualified research students if their proposed research topic is sufficiently in line with the research interests and capabilities of academic staff
- English language proficiency
International17900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17900 GBP per year during 12 months.
National4567 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4567 GBP per year during 12 months.
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