M.Sc. On Campus

Sociology and Global Change

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
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This Sociology and Global Change programme from The University of Edinburgh provides core teaching in the ideas and approaches of sociology as applied to understanding social order and social change globally and internationally. It explores the local impacts of global processes, and the global impacts of local processes.


During this intensive, one-year Sociology and Global Change programme from The University of Edinburgh you will explore these processes by developing your own research agenda, both in coursework and in a supervised dissertation project of your own choice.

The programme presents sociology as the study of a dynamic and globalising world, around such areas as:

  • environment and sustainable development
  • migration, refugees and displacement
  • the sociology of globalisation
  • gender, emotions, intimate and family life
  • global financial markets, economic sociology and global capitalism
  • social network analysis
  • social movements and global inequalities
  • human rights and citizenship
  • digital and global popular cultures

Who this programme is for

This programme will appeal to those concerned about and wishing to understand some of the key social problems and dynamics of our day. It is most suited to those seeking a thorough grounding in approaches to social research on global issues.

Career opportunities

This programme is extremely relevant if you are seeking employment in consultancy, the public sector, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector or think-tanks, or as an academic, practitioner or policy maker.

Past students have gone on to undertake roles in:

  • development and international aid
  • the public sector
  • academia/think-tanks
  • migration NGOs
  • environment and conservation
  • law
  • journalism

Programme Structure

  • You will take compulsory courses that give you a sociological perspective and prepare you for independent dissertation research.
  • Your four further option courses can address global topics, social theory and research training, depending on your background, experience in research and interests.
  • The dissertation, a piece of self-designed research with supervisory support, allows you to put your personal stamp on your studies.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time 2 years, fees per year

  • Home: £8,100
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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



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