The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postgraduate Taught

Postgraduate Taught Programmes

We offer two flexible taught masters programmes in Sociology &, Sociology & Social Research

Sociology staff and students in discussion

MA Sociology and Social Research:

This programme is designed for graduates and professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of the range of sociological work, while also developing a high level of research skills. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding, expertise and aptitudes necessary to undertake advanced research in the social sciences in general, and sociology in particular. The programme is research training recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for potential PhD funding in Sociology at Newcastle. In this programme you will gain:

  • an appreciation of the theoretical traditions and concepts that influence sociology, and the implications of such theories for research
  • 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 
  • specialist research training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as offering the requisite skills training for preparation for a PhD 
  • enhanced employability skills; suitable for a career in research in universities, the public sector, or the private sector

MA Sociology:

This programme is designed to equip students from different academic and professional backgrounds with an awareness and understanding of the theoretical traditions and concepts that shape sociology as a discipline. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to explore key topics in contemporary sociology, including identity, social transformations, gender and patterns of inequality. Covering modules in the discipline of sociology, training in research methods, and undertaking your own research to inform and shape your work, this programme will provide you with:

  • knowledge in key areas in sociology including identity, citizenship, social transformation, social inequalities, sexuality, health and others
  • an understanding of the variety of philosophical principles and epistemological frameworks that underpin approaches to social inquiry
  • an understanding of the way social divisions are generated as structures of power and patterns of inequality, and how these are reproduced and transformed over time
  • the skills needed for a career in the public or private sector, or to undertake further academic training
  • As a postgraduate student, you will have the opportunity to lead and deliver special events and workshops, as well as seminar series, reading groups and the annual MA conference at Newcastle University. You will also undertake your own research to inform and shape your 15,000 word dissertation project and you will benefit from the connections that the programme has with policy-makers, professionals and practitioners working within international, national and regional contexts. 

In terms of facilities, the School provides:

  • a dedicated postgraduate computer room 
  • a postgraduate common room
  • postgraduate study rooms
  • access to telephone, fax and photocopying facilities

Study with us

If you're thinking about applying, you can learn more about Sociology at Newcastle by attending one of our University Open Days, open to all prospective students. To register your interest, visit our Postgraduate website.
Application are made centrally via the Application Portal. For further details of our application process and to apply, visit the How to Apply section of the Postgraduate website.
We offer a range of funding opportunities for both full-time and part-time students.

Contact us

For further information about postgraduate study in Sociology see our Postgraduate Study Sociology brochure (PDF: 3.35MB).

You can also contact Dr Mark Casey (Sociology MA Programmes Director) or Karyn McCloud (Clerical Officer - Postgraduate Taught).