MSc in Sociology

This taught course provides training for careers in social research and prepares students for doctoral work in Sociology. This 12-month course has four main components: Sociological Analysis, Research Methods, Optional Papers, and Thesis.


Our MSc degree is a one-year full-time taught course. In the first two terms, students take Sociological Analysis, Research Methods (consisting of Research Design, Qualitative Methods, and Statistical Methods) and two Optional Papers. After the second term, students work on research for their MSc Thesis and sit Exams during the third term.


By choosing two Optional Papers and a related thesis topic students can create various specialised pathways with expert supervision and teaching. Here are some potential supervisors in each main area:

The Thesis

The MSc Thesis consists of an original sociological analysis carried out by the student under guidance of his/her supervisor. The thesis is roughly equivalent in length to a long journal article (not more than 10,000 words) and is submitted on or before 1 September.



MSc in Sociology