M.A. On Campus

Sociology and Social Research

Newcastle University

12 months
18600 GBP/year
8100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Sociology and Social Research programme from Newcastle University provides specialist research training. The course provides high-quality research training to enhance key skills and employability. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognise it as offering the requisite skills training for preparation for a PhD.


Sociology at Newcastle has a solid track record of excellence in research-grounded postgraduate studies.

Throughout the Sociology and Social Research programme from Newcastle University you will gain:

  • an appreciation of the theoretical traditions that influence and shape sociology as a discipline
  • an awareness of the philosophical principles and epistemological frameworks that underpin all social enquiry
  • an understanding of social divisions as structures of power and inequality
  • an understanding of the profound transformations in contemporary society and the implications of this for understanding collective and individual agency
  • a strong practical grounding in a range of research methods and awareness of the epistemological consequences of methodological issues and choices

Many of our graduates go on to study funded PhDs, others have pursued careers in:

  • the corporate and financial sectors
  • international and national non-governmental organisations
  • regulatory bodies such as environmental agencies

Find out about the staff who will be teaching you.

As a core component of the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre, our UK and European students benefit from the support of the most prestigious funding scheme in the country.


Modules typically include a diverse range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, workshops, exercises and student presentations. Assessment is by continuous assessment only. The programme involves a dissertation on a sociological topic. You will work on this with a dedicated member of staff who will be your dissertation supervisor during your MA.

This programme is taught and based on the Newcastle campus. Teaching sessions happen at different times of the day to benefit the needs of both full and part time students. Contact and independent study times will vary depending on the modules chosen. You are typically expected to attend an average of three to four modules per week and pursue weekly independent study.

We aim for small groups of students which will enable constructive discussion and analysis. Some modules are seminar-based whilst others offer a combination of lectures and seminars. You are normally assessed through coursework and exam although modules may vary.

You are also welcome to attend the Sociology Seminar Series. At these events national and international speakers present their work to members of the subject area.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Thinking about Research
  • Information Skills
  • Dissertation Preparation
  • Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Divisions and Inequality
  • Being, Belonging and Identity
  • The Sociology of Technology: Materialities and Agency
  • Theories of Society, Power and Politics

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a sociology/policy discipline such as:

  • criminology
  • organisational studies
  • cultural studies; media studies
  • film studies
  • human geography

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK Part time: £4,050

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 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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