12 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Department of Sociology is the ideal place for those who wish to undertake their own sociological research. The Sociology (by research) programme is offered by University of York.

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Department of Sociology is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality by the Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 

In addition to the Department's taught course route, it is also possible for students to undertake their MA in Sociology by Research Dissertation. Students taking this Sociology (by research) programme from University of York would be expected to undertake a rigorous piece of independent research working closely with their supervisor (meeting at least twice per term).

The thesis

The 25,000 word thesis must be completed within a 12 month period (Full time) and demonstrate good evidence of the candidate's ability to critically investigate a specific field of study, using solid and appropriate research methodology, written to a high standard of presentation.

Programme Structure

Supervision can be drawn from the Department's expanding range of expertise in:
  • Criminology,
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Social Media
  • Sociology of Health and the Body
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Gender
  • Anomalous Experience
  • Culture and Consumption

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

If you wish to apply for an MA in Sociology by Research you can apply online and send all your documentation electronically. It is possible to save your application half way through the process and come back to it at a later stage.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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