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MA

How long you will study
12 months

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full-time

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About Sociology at Newcastle University

Our Sociology MA equips you with an awareness and understanding of the theoretical traditions and concepts that shape Sociology as a discipline. A dissertation and a variety of taught options provide you with an in-depth opportunity to engage with key sociological issues and approaches.

Sociology at Newcastle has a solid track record of excellence in research-grounded postgraduate studies

This course gives you an understanding of the philosophical principles that underpin social inquiry and also equips you with the ability to integrate material across a range of disciplines.

You will also gain:

  • knowledge in key areas of sociology including identity, citizenship, social transformation, social inequalities, sexuality, health and others
  • an understanding of the variety of philosophical principles and epistemological frameworks that underpin approaches to social inquiry
  • an understanding of the way social divisions are generated as structures of power and patterns of inequality, and how these are reproduced and transformed over time

Many of our graduates go on to study funded PhDs, others have pursued careers in:

  • the corporate and financial sectors
  • international organisations, such as the United Nations and the European Union
  • international and national non-governmental organisations
  • regulatory bodies
  • environmental agencies

Find out about our staff who will be teaching you.

Delivery

Students take a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. You also complete a dissertation  which will allow you to develop your ability to design, execute and write up a piece of original research in sociology. During your dissertation you will work with a dedicated member of staff who will be your dissertation supervisor.

This course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus. Teaching sessions happen at different times of the day to benefit the needs of both full and part time students.

Contact and independent study times will vary depending on the modules chosen. You are typically expected to attend an average of three to four modules per week and pursue weekly independent study. We aim for small groups of students which will enable constructive discussion and analysis. Some modules are seminar-based whilst others offer a combination of lectures and seminars. You are normally assessed through coursework and exam although modules may vary.

You are also welcome to attend the Sociology Seminar Series. At these events national and international speakers present their work to members of the subject area.

Facilities

The School provides a dedicated postgraduate computer room, postgraduate common room and postgraduate study rooms.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/sociology-ma/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a sociology/policy discipline such as:

  • criminology
  • organisational studies
  • cultural studies
  • media studies
  • film studies
  • human geography

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills) 

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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