At Newcastle we are proud of our world-leading interdisciplinary research tradition. We have expertise in sociology, social policy, political science, gender studies, criminology, anthropology and medical sociology.

Research Expertise  

Crossing these disciplines are our research clusters bringing together postgraduates and staff to share ideas and experience in: social transformations, identities and health and life sciences.

These are informed by a variety of specific themes that inform our teaching and MPhil and PhD supervision including:

• bodies
•  material life
•  development
• environment
• imagining pasts and futures
• sexualities and gender
• social inequalities
• law and culture

This intellectual horizon is further strengthened by our Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences University research centre (PEALS). We also work closely with colleagues from across the University. The anthropology of Britain network, the Institute of Health and Society and the Newcastle University research networks on gender, the Americas, post-socialist research and visual cultures are just some of the cross-faculty initiatives to which we contribute.

These links allow us to supervise multidisciplinary PhDs.

MA & MSc Programmes

The MA in Sociology and Social Research provides specialist research training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as offering the requisite skills training for a PhD.

If you prefer a non-research training Master’s programme, the MA in Sociology is designed to equip students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds with an awareness and understanding of the theoretical traditions and concepts that shape sociology.

As part of the Durham–Newcastle Doctoral Training Centre, we are the only university in the North East of England to offer 1+3 and 2+3 Sociology funding for MA and PhD studies.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Your study Experience

• Our postgraduate programme is strongly international; staff and students come from a wide range of countries.
• We have long-standing links with institutions worldwide: in the Americas, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States; in Africa and Asia, particularly India and the Middle East; in Australia, as well as across the European continent.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: