MA Sociology / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
- Would you like to learn from leading innovators in research methods?
- Do you want to benefit from an outstanding team of educators and well-resourced teaching support materials?
- Would you like the opportunity to study with internationally respected scholars?
Sociology at Manchester is one of the UK's largest and most prestigious centres for the subject, with over 30 academic staff and 60 postgraduate students forming a diverse and rigorous academic community.
The MA programme aims to provide students who have an interest in sociology, the opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge of the discipline. Our teaching includes all areas of contemporary sociology but we have particular expertise in the fields of socio-cultural change, gender and sexuality, and consumption and sustainability.
We are consistently highly ranked for research, coming first in the UK for the percentage of our research outputs that are judged as `world-leading', and second nationally based on our research power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our research feeds into all of our postgraduate teaching.
The Sociology MA is the perfect course to develop your analytical and investigative skills, training you in methods of social investigation in order to equip you with the ability for independent thinking, research and analysis, setting you up perfectly for the world of employment.
Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2496
Teaching and learning
Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.
You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.
Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director
Coursework and assessment
Course unit details
You take four core compulsory course units: Social Theory and Cultural Identity; Culture, Modernity and Media; Research Design I and II, together with four options chosen from a wide range of specialist units. Examples of optional course units include: Politics and Culture; Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change; Cultures of Digital Play; New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality; Qualitative Research Methods; Introduction to Quantitative Methods; Methodological Issues in Social Research. Students may also negotiate an Independent Studies course unit, linked to their particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. Students registered for the MA (or who upgrade from the PG Diploma) complete a 12,000 word dissertation, on a research topic of their choice, in addition to the eight taught course units.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Social Theory & Cultural Identity||SOCY60331||15||Mandatory|
|Culture, Modernity & Media||SOCY60342||15||Mandatory|
|Research Design I||SOCY60401||15||Mandatory|
|Research Design II||SOCY60412||15||Mandatory|
|Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences||POLI60331||5||Optional|
|Practising Participant Observation||SOAN60892||5||Optional|
|Sociology of Art||SOCY60182||15||Optional|
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