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A sociology seminar
MA Sociology
Gain detailed knowledge of social life alongside the skills needed to develop new ideas.

MA Sociology

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
MA
Duration
MA 12/24 months (ft/pt); PGDip 9/18 months (ft/pt)
Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject for direct master's entry.

2:2 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a Social Science subject for Postgraduate Diploma route entry.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N
PGDip Y Y N N

Course overview

  • You are interested in learning from leading innovators in research methods
  • You want to benefit from an outstanding team of educators and well-resourced teaching support materials
  • You would like the opportunity to study with internationally respected scholars

Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn, email; Nicholas.j.thoburn@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,334
    International students (per annum): £12,000
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167
    International students (per annum): £6,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Please see the School's funding page for further information.

If you are already a graduate of The University of Manchester, please visit,

Faculty of Humanities/School of Social Sciences - Loyalty Bursary

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1296
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/sociology
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

2:1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject for direct master's entry.

2:2 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a Social Science subject for Postgraduate Diploma route entry.

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Writing sample NOT required.
  • Personal statement NOT required.

Advice to applicants

Points Based System (PBS) International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

  • 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.

Contact:

Course Director: Dr Nick Thoburn

Email: n.thoburn@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2496

Teaching and learning

Part-time study

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

Assessment is normally by a 3,000 word assessed essay for each unit and, for the MA students, a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
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
Archival Research POLI60251 5 Optional
Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences POLI60331 5 Optional
Interviewing Activists POLI70021 5 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Sociology of Art SOCY60182 15 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Gender, Time & Change SOCY60211 15 Optional
Identity, Power and Modernity SOCY60221 15 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Secrets, Lies and Mass Deception SOCY60241 15 Optional
Human-Animal Relations SOCY60251 15 Optional
Methodological Issues in Social Research SOCY60432 15 Optional
Independent Studies I SOCY60531 15 Optional
Sociology of Consumption SOCY60552 15 Optional
Independent Studies II SOCY60592 15 Optional
New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality SOCY60991 15 Optional
Postcolonial Theory and Methods in the Social Sciences SOCY70112 15 Optional
Narrative Analysis SOCY70722 5 Optional
Social Capital and Social Change SOCY71012 15 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60512 5 Optional
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 26 course units

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Many MA students go on to take research degrees (PhD), but the skills gained on this programme can be put to use in a variety of career paths. Careers which are most closely related include education, social and community work (related to a range of areas such as welfare advice, working with families or dealing with issues such as homelessness and mental health problems), human resources and working in the media.