You'll develop the knowledge, understanding and expertise necessary to undertake advanced research in sociology and the social sciences. Our MA Sociology and Social Research is for graduates looking ahead to a career with a strong research element. It is also very relevant for those interested in pursuing a PhD. Our programme will enhance your knowledge of sociological ideas. It will focus on developing your research skills.
MA Sociology and Social Research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a route for potential PhD funding in sociology at Newcastle.
This Sociology and Social Research master's equips you with an appreciation of the philosophical principles and epistemological frameworks that underpin all social enquiry. You'll get hands-on expertise with a range of social research methods. You'll gain a grasp of core theoretical traditions and issues in sociology. This is in particular in relation to:
- social divisions
- social identities
- debates about justice and citizenship
You'll have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge research across:
- identity and citizenship
- social institutions and transformations
- patterns of inequality and injustice.
You'll receive training in social research methods. You'll undertake research to inform and shape a substantial dissertation project
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What you'll learn
Throughout the course you will:
- learn about contemporary sociological research from subject specialists
- gain an understanding of the range of sophisticated conceptual and theoretical tools we apply to make sense of social life
- receive extensive training and support on research epistemologies and methods
- be empowered to conduct your own empirical research, supported by methods training and a subject mentor
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
Core teaching will be through
Methods teaching may also involve workshops.
Dissertation research takes the form of an independent project supported by:
- one-to-one supervision
- MA student conference
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Sociology at Newcastle comprises a friendly, diverse group of academics with diverse research specialisms.
Our head of Sociology is Professor Tracy Shildrick.
The Programme Director for our MAs is Dr Silvia Pasquetti.
Compulsory modules (like Social Divisions and Inequality; Being, Belonging and Identity and Theories of Society, Power and Politics) and option modules (eg Visual Sociologies, Sociology for the Anthropocene), are taught by experts, often leading Professors in their fields.
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Our MA will help you to develop:
Research skills: research methods; qualitative and quantitative research design; conducting a fieldwork or document-based project; analysing and communicating rich and complex data.
Analytical skills: a critical understanding of social processes, social policies and social change.
This course provides a route into PhD level study and also a solid foundation for careers that involve high level research skills and methodological knowledge.
Our graduates often go on to work in academic settings, but also take up roles across the public, private and third sector, such as:
- charity sector
- local government and international organisations
- regulatory and environmental bodies
- social and legal research
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
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We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
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