MSc in Sociology
- Knowledge of the key theoretical approaches that are relevant to empirical investigations
- An understanding of their application to substantive problems
- Skills in the use of major research techniques
The MSc in Sociology is offered on both a full-time (one-year) and part-time (two-year) basis. The degree and expectations for both modes of study are equally rigorous: part-time students take their classes with the full-time students, but spread their study over two years to accommodate work and personal circumstances.
In the first two terms, full-time students take two compulsory Core Papers and two Optional Papers. After the second term, students will work on research for their MSc Thesis, before sitting exams during the third term.
The Core Papers are:
- Sociological Analysis, which develops intellectual skills in explaining social phenomena: identifying puzzles, developing theoretical explanations, and evaluating empirical evidence
- Methods of Social Research, which introduces students to qualitative methods, statistical methods, and the research design process
By choosing two Optional Papers and a related thesis topic, students can create their own specialised pathway and focus on a particular topic of study during their degree, support by expert supervision and teaching.
Example topics of focus and potential supervisors within the Department:
|Crime and Governance||Prof Federico Varese, Dr Heather Hamill, Prof David Kirk, Prof Leigh Payne, Dr Jonathan Lusthaus|
|Social Inequality||Mr Colin Mills, Prof Richard Breen, Prof Nan Dirk De Graaf, Prof Christiaan Monden, Dr Lindsay Richards|
|Political Sociology||Dr Michael Biggs, Prof Stephen Fisher, Prof Nan Dirk De Graaf, Dr Heather Hamill, Dr Lindsay Richards|
|Gender and Family||Prof Christiaan Monden, Prof Rachel Murphy, Prof Leigh Payne, Prof Man Yee Kan, Mr Colin Mills, Prof Ridhi Kashyap|
|Health and Society||Prof Christiaan Monden, Prof Jennifer Dowd|
|Quantitative Methods||Prof Stephen Fisher, Prof David Kirk, Dr Charles Rahal, Prof Richard Breen|
|Time Use Research||Prof Man Yee Kan|
|Area Studies||Prof Rachel Murphy (China), Prof Leigh Payne (Latin America), Prof Takehiko Kariya (Japan)|
|Demography||Prof Christiaan Monden, Prof Jennifer Dowd, Prof Ridhi Kashyap|
|Education||Prof Richard Breen, Prof Nan Dirk De Graaf, Prof Jan Jonsson, Prof Takehiko Kariya, Mr Colin Mills|
The MSc Thesis consists of a 10,000-word sociological analysis which students carry out under the guidance of their supervisor, and is submitted on or before 1 September.
Part-time students will write their dissertations in the third term of their second year and submit by 1 September of that second year, but will be encouraged to start planning their thesis from their first year.