Master's Degrees in Sociology in United Kingdom

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Studying Sociology

Sociology deals with studying human society by analysing and investigating it using several methods of empirical research. Sociology is a branch of social science covering topics such as deviance, social stratification, social class, culture, social mobility, law and religion. Sociology is related to disciplines such as anthropology, social psychology, or philosophy.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.

Applying to a Master's in United Kingdom

If you want to study a Master's degree at a university in the United Kingdom, you will have to get the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement. You'll be asked to present supporting documents including:

  • birth certificate;
  • your passport or national identity card;
  • reference letters from past employers or teachers;
  • copies of past diplomas or certificates;
  • academic transcripts.

To show that you have the right English skills, you'll have to also present a IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificate, and in some cases provide an additional test such as UKCAT, BMAT or LNAT. The deadlines for applying to a Master's in the UK are usually during the summer (June), or in winter (January). Many universities have rolling applications, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.

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294 Sociology Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.A. Social Research

The Social Research programme offered by the University of Birmingham aims to provide students with a sound background in social research design and the most up-to-date training in methods of data collection and analysis.

School of Social Policy
MA - PGDip - PGCert Migration, Superdiversity and Policy

The Migration, Superdiversity and Policy programme offered by the University of Birmingham will explore the social, economic and political impacts of international migration and examine current, proposed and ideal approaches to welfare provision in the era of superdiversity. 

Institute of Applied Social Studies
LL.M. Law and Social Justice

Law and Social Justice is an interdisciplinary programme at University of Leeds designed for those who are already practitioners or aspire to become a practitioner in the field of law or areas such as the NHS, social services and beyond. 

School of Law
M.Sc. Digital Media and Society

The world is changing rapidly as a result of digitalisation, globalisation, web connectivity and social media, making it an exciting time to study digital media. The Digital Media and Society program is offered by the University of Stirling.

M.Sc. Demography and Health

The MSc in Demography and Health programme offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine teaches research skills which are highly valued in the job market generally and are welcomed in a wide variety of research fields. 

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
M.A. Human Rights LLM

The MA/LLM Human Rights programme is offered by The School of Law from Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics. The distinctive focus of the programme is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights. 

Postgraduate courses
Pre-Master Master's Foundation Programme - Social Sciences

From our centre at Birkbeck, in the heart of the University of London, you are encouraged to develop the tools for success on degree programmes at the best universities in the UK. The Master's Foundation Programme - Social Sciences is offered by ONCAMPUS London.

M.Sc. Inequalities and Social Science

At the local, national and global level, we are witnessing an intense period of social transformation and fragmentation. Within this context, there is growing political and policy recognition of the need to better understand and thereby address social inequalities. This Inequalities and Social Science programme is offered by the University of Leeds.

Sociology and Social Policy
M.Sc. Social Work

The aim of this Social Work course at University of Portsmouth is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession.

Pre-Master Humanities, Law and Social Sciences

The Master’s Foundation Programme in Humanities, Law and Social Sciences is available as a one, two or three-term programme, with guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees at the University of Sunderland. You will study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the University of Sunderland City campus.

LL.M. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The ground-breaking LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights programme offered by the University of Essex builds on our distinctive expertise, reputation and experience of working on the protection of economic, social and cultural rights internationally and domestically in countries around the world.

School of Law
M.A. Society, Culture and Media

This interdisciplinary MA in Society, Culture and Media at the University of Leeds will allow you to benefit from the expertise of both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Media and Communication, enabling you to gain an in-depth understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical perspectives, and to critically analyse the relationship between culture, media and society.

Sociology and Social Policy
M.A. Philosophy

The MA Philosophy at New College of the Humanities engages students with classic and contemporary texts and debates on key topics in theoretical and practical philosophy. It provides excellent preparation for PhD studies.

M.Sc. Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience

Through the Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience programme  offfered by the City, University of London you can learn how different brain functions contribute to cognition, mediate social interaction, and determine mental health, well-being and psychiatric illness.

School of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Sociology

The University of Exeter's Sociology degree provides training in the diverse, vibrant, exciting and expanding field of Cultural Sociology.

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
M.Sc. Energy, Society and Sustainability

Whilst equipping students with an active understanding of low carbon technologies, policies and markets, this Energy, Society and Sustainability programme at The University of Edinburgh is focused squarely on analysing the social, societal and environmental dimensions of energy transitions. You will examine how citizens are involved in and are affected by changes in energy systems.

School of GeoSciences
M.Sc. State, Society and Development

This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy. 

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
M.A. Refugee Studies

Forced migration is a global phenomenon and an area of increasing concern in Europe and beyond. On this course you will study the multiple factors associated with refugee crises and the economic, political, social, cultural, and environment pressures which lie behind the search for asylum. The Refugee Studies programme is offered by University of East London.

University of East London -School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies
M.A. Bioethics and Society

Advances in biomedicine, neuroscience, and public health raise some of the most difficult ethical and societal questions today. The Bioethics and Society programme at King's College London allows you to study these questions drawing on concepts, theories, and methods from philosophy and the social sciences.

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
M.Res. Socio-Legal Studies

The Socio-Legal Studies programme at University of Glasgow offers an advanced introduction to the study of Law with a specific emphasis on socio-legal methodology. It provides you with an excellent preparation for doctoral study in the area of socio-legal research, serving as a qualification in its own right and a platform for PhD study.

College of Social Sciences
M.Phil. History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine

The MPhil in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine is a full-time 9-month course that provides students with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by senior members of the University. Students will acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests, as well as a critical and well informed understanding of the roles of the sciences in society.

M.Sc. Social Psychology

The MSc Social Psychology looks at a range of topical social issues through the lens of social psychological theories in order to develop understanding and ideas for intervention. The programme is offered at the University of Surrey and it is concerned with the scientific study of how we think about, influence and relate to one another.

Faculty of Psychology
M.Sc. Sociology

This Sociology programme from University of Bristol offers you the opportunity to extend your core sociological knowledge and understanding. It also serves to consolidate familiarity with the discipline for those coming from related subject degree backgrounds, but without specialised knowledge of sociology.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
M.Sc. Social Science

This MSc allows you to create a bespoke programme of study that draws on our expertise in fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social theory; social and public policy. As such, each student can tailor their learning to suit their own interests and aspirations.

Cardiff School of Social Sciences
M.Sc. Applied Social Research (PGDip)

Applied Social Research (PGDip) course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. Poverty and Development

Gain a solid grounding in the concepts and skills needed to engage in debates on poverty and development. You’ll become familiar with the main theories of development and poverty reduction in development.

M.Sc. Demography - PG Dip

The Demography - PG Dip, M.Sc. from University of Southampton provides vocational training for professional demographers and quantitative social policy analysts and promotes interdisciplinary study in the field of population science.

Social Sciences
MScR / PhD Social Anthropology

The Social Anthropology group at The University of Edinburgh forms an international centre of excellence for postgraduate training, recognised as one of the premier research departments in the UK.

School of Social and Political Science
M.Res. Social Science Research

This programme provides practical, career-orientated training in social science research methods, including research design, data collection and data analysis relating to both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry.

School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
M.A. Sociology of Education

The Sociology of Education MA will guide students through the latest theories, concepts and research in the sociology of education, exploring the wider political, social and cultural contexts of policy and practice in education.

Institute of Education
M.A. Social Development

Gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become a social development practitioner. This course addresses the increasing focus on social aspects of development in policy, planning and practice.

M.Sc. Environmental Science, Technology & Society

This Master in Environmental Science, Technology & Society from University of Glasgow examines the social, political and cultural implications of environmental science and technology. You will learn to assess scientific and technological innovations as potential solutions to environmental issues. The unique interdisciplinary approach gives you a social science perspective on contemporary environmental issues.

School of Social and Political Sciences
M.A. Psychosocial Studies

Our students come to us from a variety of backgrounds and jobs and with widely differing undergraduate degrees. The Psychosocial Studies programme is delivered by University of East London. This course is not recruiting in 2017.

University of East London -School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies
M.Sc. Culture and Society

The MSc Culture and Society gives its students the opportunity to develop expertise in the social study of cultural processes. Its ethos emphasises tight integration of leading edge cultural theory, innovative methodologies and attention to the most significant cultural trends and practices, globally and locally.

Department of Sociology
Postgraduate Certificate Russian for Social Scientists

This is an intensive programme for graduates in other subjects who already possess basic proficiency in Russian but require a more thorough grounding in the language specifically for the purpose of conducting social scientific research dealing with Russia and/or the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Russian for Social Scientists programme is offered at the University of Glasgow.

College of Social Sciences
M.Res. Applied Social Research

This MRes Applied Social Research programme from University of Stirling covers six subject areas: Applied Social Science, Education, Film, Media and Journalism, Management, Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Sports Studies. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. Sociology and Management

Businesses require an understanding of people - both of individuals, and of a potentially large customer-base. As the occupation of management grows and changes, it demands a more specialised understanding of the modern organisation and the world it operates in. Potential managers need an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of their occupation and its context.

Department of Sociology
M.A. Visual Sociology

This programme is designed for students who are interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches.

Department of Sociology
M.A. Sociology and Social Research

This MA programme equips students with the tools and knowledge to understand how and why social, political and cultural changes manifest themselves, both in the UK and internationally. 

Languages & Social Sciences
M.A. Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights

The Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA will introduce students to a range of contemporary social theories about childhood and children's rights, critically explore social constructions of childhood, and consider the implications these have for professional practice and research with children and young people.

Institute of Education
M.Res. Social Sciences

Study on a course designed for social sciences graduates who plan to work or complete research in sociology, social policy, and governmental and commercial organisations. The fundamental research methodologies you learn give you the skills to develop or start your career as a researcher in these areas. 

M.A. Social Anthropology

The Social Anthropology programme offered by the University of Kent is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a degree course at undergraduate level.

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.A. Social Anthropology and Conflict

The Social Anthropology and Conflict programme offered by the University of Kent is grounded in the study of social anthropology, but offers students an in-depth exploration of conflict and violence between and within human communities. Studies include aspects of organised crime, land ownership conflict, war, post-conflict reconstruction and community divisions. 

School of Anthropology and Conservation
M.Sc. NGO and Development Management

This established course, which has been running for ten years, examines the central issues facing developing countries in todays globalised world, giving you the skills for a job in development and the wider sectors.

University of East London -School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies
M.A. Social Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. Students come to the Social Anthropology course at SOAS University of London from all over the world, following BA study, work and travel experience or after long careers in other fields.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.Res. Sociology

The programme comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations. This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Department of Social and Policy Sciences
M.Sc. Psychosocial Studies

The Psychotherapy MSc allows graduates of our postgraduate diplomas in psychotherapeutic counselling to further their professional and academic training.

Faculty of Health and Social Science
M.Sc. Socio-Legal Studies

MSc Socio-Legal Studies programme develops your knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. It provides a sound research training for students wishing to proceed to a PhD or a career in socio-legal research through the study of different research methodologies across the social sciences and law.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
M.A. Sociological Research

Discover how to turn raw data into useful information which can tell us about how people work. You learn how to gain an understanding of society through carrying out case studies, surveys, and observational research.

Department of Sociology
M.A. Social Policy

The MA Social Policy is one of a number of new and exciting programmes developed by the Department of Social Sciences. Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice.

Preparation Course Access to HE Humanities and Social Science Programme

The Access to Humanities and Social Sciences course comprises of subject units covering, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, Ethics, Study Skills, An extended project, Politics, The Media, Anthropology, Social Inclusion and Literature Analysis. This Access to HE Humanities and Social Science Programme is offered by Lewisham and Southwark College.

M.Sc. By Research Urban Studies

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M.Sc. Gerontology (Research)

This programme distinguishes itself by offering greater research methods specialist training, and provides an excellent foundation for future research. It will provide you with specialist knowledge in social, demographic and economic issues of ageing; theoretical and critical perspectives in gerontology; and national and international policy and practice in adult and elder care services.

Social Sciences
Postgraduate Diploma Global Ageing and Policy

The PG Diploma in Global Ageing and Policy is made up of 6 taught modules, and is designed to provide students with an introduction both to the opportunities and challenges posed by ageing, and to the principles of policy evaluation in ageing societies.

Social Sciences
M.A. Social Policy

The MA Social Policy from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is a modular course that offers the opportunity to engage in a discussion of some of the most important issues of a world characterised by profound cultural, demographic, economic, political and technological change.

M.A. Sociology and Social Research

The Sociology and Social Research MA 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.

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
M.Sc. Social Psychology

The Social Psychology course from Lancaster University draws on our expertise in the study of social identity and ideology, social conflict and violence, and the processes by which bonds of social responsibility, tolerance and citizenship are established.

Department of Psychology
M.Sc. Criminology and Social Research Methods

The Criminology and Social Research Methods from London South Bank University is a program that focuses contemporary substantive issues in criminology and criminal justice and on criminological research methods. It is particularly appropriate for those engaged in criminal justice policy analysis and development or similar work in allied fields.

M.A. Social Research

The MA Social Research draws upon a wide variety of contemporary theoretical traditions including postcolonial theory, poststructuralism, discourse analysis, critical or subtle realism, and feminism.  

Department of Sociology