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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 University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


The MA in Sociology invites you to think systematically about the social world and how it is changing.

The programme provides a comprehensive overview of the foundational concerns and current debates in sociology, and offers a range of options for exploring applications in specific areas of research. You learn about current theoretical tools and develop skills in research and data analysis, which can be used in a range of professional fields. The programme is also an excellent basis for pursuing further research in sociology or more specialised or applied subjects.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • sociological theory
  • the historical development of sociology as a field of disciplinary inquiry
  • methodological innovations and research design
  • the philosophy of social research
  • the political and policy implications of social research
  • key developments in contemporary sociology.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the ability to gather relevant information and access key sources by electronic or other means
  • the ability to evaluate issues according to their context, relevance and importance
  • the ability to formulate arguments on central issues and areas of controversy, and be able to present a reasoned opinion based upon relevant materials
  • the ability to recognise potential alternative arguments and evidence contrary to your own opinion and present a reasoned justification for your preference
  • the ability to demonstrate an independence of mind and offer critical challenge to received understanding on particular issues
  • the ability to reflect constructively on your learning progression.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the ability to identify and understand key issues in sociological theory and research
  • the ability to research and access the main sources of information relevant to the debate of critical issues in sociology
  • the ability to identify and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives that are applicable to a given area of sociological enquiry
  • the ability to provide a reasoned and justified opinion on specified issues within sociology
  • an awareness of the limitations of present knowledge and matters needing to be resolved by further research.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to undertake research from a diverse range of sources
  • the ability to summarise detailed and complex bodies of information concisely and accurately
  • the ability to formulate arguments in presentations and defend them against opposing views
  • the ability to present information and arguments in written form, in accordance with academic conventions, and appropriately to the intended readership
  • the ability to evaluate personal performance.

This programme aims to:

  • provide you with an advanced overview of debates in the history of sociology and contemporary sociological research
  • extend your already-existing knowledge of major approaches within the academic study of sociology
  • develop your skills in research design and data collection
  • familiarise you with using secondary and qualitative data
  • enable you to apply theories and methods of sociology in exploring specialist areas such as the environment, political change, urban development and feminism.

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

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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