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Sociology and Social Research MA

Develop your skills and knowledge to a high level to undertake advanced research in sociology.

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  • September 2024
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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.

How you'll learn

Your development

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.

Your future

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
  • advocacy
  • local government and international organisations
  • regulatory and environmental bodies
  • social and legal research

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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