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.
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.
How you'll learn
Core teaching will be through:
- interactive lectures
Methods teaching may also involve workshops
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Research proposal
Dissertation research takes the form of an independent project supported by one-to-one supervision and our MA student conference.
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 optional modules (eg Visual Sociologies, Sociology for the Anthropocene), are taught by experts, often leading Professors in their fields.
You can see a full list of our staff and their research expertise here.
You'll develop a critical understanding of social processes, social policies and social change.
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
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
- 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.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The School has a postgraduate common room and postgraduate study rooms.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
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.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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- explore our beautiful campus
- find out about our vibrant city
- discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
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We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
We also hold various online and virtual events.
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