Our 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.
Sociology at Newcastle has a solid track record of excellence in research-grounded postgraduate studies.
Throughout the course 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
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.
The School provides a dedicated postgraduate computer room, postgraduate common room and postgraduate study rooms.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- HSS8001 Thinking about Research
- HSS8002 Information Skills
- HSS8003 Dissertation Preparation
- HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- SOC8034 Social Divisions and Inequality
- SOC8044 Being, Belonging and Identity
- SOC8051 The Sociology of Technology: Materialities and Agency
- SOC8052 Theories of Society, Power and Politics
- SOC8096 Dissertation
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take 10 credits from the following list. You are required to consult with the Degree Programme Director with respect to your choice of modules:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a sociology/policy discipline such as:
- organisational studies
- cultural studies; media studies
- film studies
- human geography
Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
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.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.