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Sociology MA

Explore key topics in sociology from identity and citizenship to social transformation, equality and justice. Enhance your grasp of core concepts and develop hands-on research skills.

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  • September 2024


 MA Sociology at Newcastle offers in-depth engagement with contemporary debates in sociology. We are a lively and welcoming team of diverse subject specialists.

We'll help you:

  • stretch your sociological imagination
  • identify the social issues you really care about
  • extend your research skills

Our master's in Sociology equips you with an awareness and understanding of the theoretical traditions and concepts that shape the discipline. A dissertation and a variety of taught options provide you with an opportunity to engage with key sociological questions.

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 then undertake research to inform and shape a substantial dissertation project.

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What you'll learn

Throughout your master's in Sociology you'll:

  • 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
  • be empowered to conduct your own empirical research, supported by methods training and a subject mentor
  • develop your own disciplinary expertise and take forward knowledge of the social processes and issues you’ve researched into your professional future.


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

Analytical skills

You'll develop a critical understanding of social processes, social policies and social change.

Research skills

You'll gain skills in required for:

  • qualitative and quantitative research design
  • conducting fieldwork or document-based projects
  • analysing and communicating rich and complex data

Your future

This course deepens your understanding of the social world and enriches your methodological skills. It prepares you for a wide range of careers across the public, private and third sector. Graduates from this course often find it helps them discover their own interests in social issues and opens up careers options.

Our graduates have taken up roles in a number of sectors, including and beyond:

  • charity sector
  • advocacy
  • local government and international organisations
  • regulatory and environmental bodies
  • social and legal research
  • further education teaching

Many of our MA Sociology graduates also go on to study for a PhD.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School has a postgraduate common room and postgraduate study rooms.

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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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

INTO International Pre-Master's - Pathway course

Our Business and Humanities Pre-Master's will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. 

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