The MA Sociology invites you to think systematically about the social world and how it is currently 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 area of research. You will 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.
The programme aims to provide students with:
- A thorough grounding in sociological research on modern societies and contemporary culture, as well as cutting edge contemporary social theory
- The broadest possible scope for choice and selection of optional modules, both within SSPSSR and from other Schools
- Knowledge of the methodological procedures used to investigate a wide range of practical and substantive issues
- Skills for practical research-related tasks
- The opportunity to develop transferable employment-related skills through group work, presentations and the use of information technologies
- A capacity to undertake independent research.
The programme is also designed to enhance your professional development. We place considerable emphasis on the socialisation of graduate students into a research community. This is reflected in our pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. There is less didactic teaching and more emphasis on structured seminars with greater participation from students. Class sizes are generally much smaller than at undergraduate level and you will always be taught by established members of the academic staff. This leads to close working relationships between staff and students. You will also participate in the staff/graduate research seminar, and thereby, will be presented with opportunities to become more fully involved in a professional research culture.
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