MSc Programs in Sociology

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For those who are fascinated by the study of people’s interactions with one another and their environments, a Master of Science in Sociology may be the perfect fit. This graduate degree provides students with the knowledge required to develop and use data uncovered by sociological field work. This skill set is in high demand in a variety of settings, including social services, academics, and the private sector.

What is an MSc in Sociology? This is a degree that provides an academic and practical understanding of the scientific study of social behaviors. It can include the empirical investigation and analysis of social origins, organization, development and institutions. Traditionally, this field of study has focused on social class, social mobility, religion, law, sexuality, social stratification, and deviance. Depending on the program, students obtaining this degree may be able to expand their studies beyond these conventional fields.

Those who pursue an MSc in Sociology will come out of the experience with a valuable knowledge set. Not only will they have a comprehensive understanding of sociological theories, they will also be capable of rigorous scientific research and analysis. These abilities make those who hold this degree strongly competitive to employers.

Educational expenses related to this degree will depend on the school’s country, tuition fees, length of time for degree completion, and other factors. Interested students should contact their chosen institutions directly for specific information regarding costs.

A Master of Science in Sociology imparts not just an understanding of the field’s underlying theories, but also the ability to comprehend, analyze and synthesize complicated data. Because of this, those who hold this graduate degree enjoy a wide variety of career options, including jobs in academic and corporate research, social services, education, advertising, and human resources. 

For those who would like to pursue an MSc in Sociology but are concerned about the time constraints of attending classes, online courses may be an excellent option. Many colleges and universities now offer graduate programs over the internet, which are well-suited for students who require flexibility in their class schedules. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MSc Pedagogical Sciences: Youth 0-21, Society and Policy

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Netherlands Groningen

Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts. [+]

MSc Degrees in Sociology. Do you want to... - Explore how interventions can improve the wellbeing of young people, their families, schools, and communities? - Learn how to successfully implement interventions in child and youth care and education? - Discuss the role of scientific research in improving interventions and youth policy? Then this Master's program might be just ideal for you! Completing this program equips you with - State-of-the-art knowledge of youth research, practices, and policy, how they are linked and how can improve eachother - The skills to design, carry out, and evaluate youth policy and interventions using interdisciplinary and international insights - A reflexive, critical attitude towards youth policies, practices and innovations Our teaching approach means that students actively shape their learning and benefit from the vast expertise on youth in society and policy in our department. In addition to lectures, seminars, and in collaborative learning communities, you will gain valuable work experience during an internship and tackle a research problem in your thesis. The expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods and spectrum of research topics in our department are unique in the Netherlands and enable you to follow a program that fits your interests and prepares you for a variety of professional roles. http://www.rug.nl/masters/youth-0-21-society-and-policy/ [-]

Master in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Master’s degree programme will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the programme allows you to acquire applied and practice-focussed skills, enabling you to flexibly switch between or integrate scientific theory and anthropological professional practice. [+]

Explore the relationship between citizenship, cultural diversity, and social sustainability. Violent protests against the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil, the Occupy movements in Madrid and New York, and social unrest and protests from Cairo to Kiev – these developments have held the world in their grip and pushed governments to recognise the voices of their citizens. Small island developing states, such as Aruba and Tuvalu, are the frontrunners of the transition to a sustainable economy and social welfare. In transition towns in the Netherlands and elsewhere, active citizens are restructuring their own living environment and “participative society” to be more sustainable and social. The business world has also discovered the concept of sustainable and socially responsible enterprise. Sustainability is not only about the environment, climate, or economy. The social component also demands attention – and requires actively involved citizens in various positions. Their roles span from social citizens to players in political decision-making, and from consumers to carers for health and the environment. In the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship, you’ll study these developments and citizenship initiatives through a focus on the triangle of People, Planet, and Profit. Innovative methodology Anthropologists continually focus on cultural diversity and differences based on ethnicity, class, gender, age, and health. This Master’s programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate these facets of life and their interrelationships. During your studies, you will learn traditional anthropological methods and techniques (fieldwork, participatory observation, and qualitative interviews). However, you will also... [-]

MSc Contemporary China Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various social science subjects such as Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Politics, International Relations, Management and Anthropology. Previous undergraduate coursework on China is not a compulsory requirement for admission. Applications will be considered from those who have worked in NGOs, civil service, or similar fields. As research methodology training is a compulsory part of the core course, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or PhD). [+]

MSc Degrees in Sociology. MSc Contemporary China Studies Duration: One year Start of programme: September Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time This 12-month programme combines high quality postgraduate social science research training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China. The key features of this programme are: interdisciplinary teaching; social scientific study of China; contemporary Chinese society, defined broadly as post-1949; research methodology training that is relevant to the study of China (part of the core course); a language option which provides maximum flexibility to students who would like to improve Chinese language skills; an internship option which provides students with an opportunity to gain insights into China’s cultural and/or business environment. The MSc in Contemporary China Studies attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences. Students may come from undergraduate degrees in various social science subjects such as Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Politics, International Relations, Management and Anthropology. Previous undergraduate coursework on China is not a compulsory requirement for admission. Applications will be considered from those who have worked in NGOs, civil service, or similar fields. As research methodology training is a compulsory part of the core course, the programme may also serve well as a channel to a research degree on China (MPhil or PhD). Entry Requirements SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree. No additional requirements specific to the MSc Contemporary China Studies programme which can be taken with or without knowledge of a Chinese language. Structure Students on... [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO), M.Soc.Sc.

University of Tampere
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Tampere

Knowledge on Society. Expertise on Policy. Competence in Research. A joint approach by three European universities to contemporary societies and social issues. [+]

Apply in December 2017 - January 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed) Degree: Master of Social Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2018 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 10 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare (COSOPO) is jointly organised by three European universities: University of Tampere (Finland), Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) and Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania). The COSOPO programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe. It is based on the strong research tradition on social policy and welfare in social sciences in the University of Tampere, in the Johannes Kepler University and in the Mykolas Romeris University. The aim of the programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The programme focuses, for example, on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analyzing different fields of social policies from various perspectives. During the programme students will learn about comparative designs, and about methodology on qualitative and quantitative policy studies. Study objectives Students of the COSOPO programme will gain knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research. The programme also offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication and learning by combining contact teaching with on-line learning. Upon completing the programme, students will be able to: understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of... [-]

Master of Science in Cultural Sociology - Law, Power and Social Justice

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Esbjerg

The profile is centered on cultural encounters within the legal system with specific focus on the meeting between citizens and the societal macro-structures... [+]

When choosing the Master of Social Science in Cultural Sociology with a profile in Law, Power and Social Justice you obtain a thorough theoretical and empirical insight into how the modern society is structured and organized by means of formal and informal rules and laws.The profile is centered on cultural encounters within the legal system with specific focus on the meeting between citizens and the societal macro-structures characterized by formal rules, administrative procedures and the reduction of people into cases and numbers.The profile builds on the three-year bachelor programme in Sociology and Cultural Analysis offered at Campus Esbjerg.

 

 

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MSc Occupational Safety and Health Well-being

University of Salford
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

This internationally recognised course has been designed to meet the educational needs created by the ever-increasing challenges facing occupational health and safety practitioners. [+]

Course Summary This internationally recognised course has been designed to meet the educational needs created by the ever-increasing challenges facing occupational health and safety practitioners. The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century, and address the risks of disease injury, and the design and manufacture of work equipment and systems. 3 good reasons to study Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Salford Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Improve your career prospects in health, safety and well-being Lectures from specialist speakers employed in the sector Course Details This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of occupational safety, health and well-being. The modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century. Modules address the existing and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risks. A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on contextualising study. This course comprises four taught core modules complemented by a research dissertation. For part-time students, the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules, delivered throughout the year. Year 2 involves... [-]

Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (International) (IMCSP)

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

We are excited to introduce this unique new master’s program that offers an applied international and comparative focus to the study of social policy, development, policy analysis and governance. [+]

MSc Degrees in Sociology. Lingnan University in collaboration with University of York, UK Master of Social Sciences in Comparative Social Policy (International) (IMCSP) We are excited to introduce this unique new master’s program that offers an applied international and comparative focus to the study of social policy, development, policy analysis and governance. The IMCSP is truly ‘international’ in its outlook: Delivered by international experts in comparative social policy, development, policy analysis and governance: Based in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy (SOCSP) at Lingnan University, Asia-Pacific Institute for Ageing Studies and Comparative Policy (APIAS) and Division of Graduate Studies at Lingnan University. International study pathway to visit the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York for one term: The Department was ranked Third in the UK for research excellence and equal First in research impact (REF 2014). According to the National Survey of Student Satisfaction, Social Policy at York is rated highly, with 97% student satisfaction. International guest speakers and site visits organized with our partners: East Asia Social Policy Research Network, Centre for Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership, Inter-University Research Consortium for Higher Education. International research workshops and seminar series with leading scholars in comparative development and social policy. International student body and multi-cultural residential university campus enabling fruitful discussions and interaction. Scholarships equivalent to full or half of the total program tuition fee are offered to outstanding local and international applicants. Applicants who receive admission offers... [-]

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 United Kingdom Leeds

Gain the skills to become a professional occupational therapist, able to deliver and evaluate occupational therapy in a range of settings. [+]

Gain the skills to become a professional occupational therapist, able to deliver and evaluate occupational therapy in a range of settings. This programme is underpinned by an understanding of humans as occupational beings, the relationship between occupation and health, models of occupation, occupational science and occupational justice. You will learn how to carry out occupational therapy assessments and interventions with people across the lifespan and with a range of difficulties, such as dementia, stroke, homelessness or unemployment. Your learning experience will include problem-based tutorials, journal clubs, creative and practical sessions, self-directed learning and research. You will be required to undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice under the supervision and direction of experienced occupational therapists. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree completed in the last five years in the cognate subjects of Science, Social Sciences, Healthcare (including degrees in related health and social care professions), Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Politics, Environment or Arts. More information can be found in the guidance booklet for applicants who do not meet this requirement, please see the link below. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award. Applicants will also need to demonstrate in their application: An understanding of the philosophy, practice and scope of occupational therapy Appropriate work experience/shadowing The attitudes, behaviours and values of care and compassion Evidence of self-direction and motivation Effective communication skills... [-]

MS First Year Studies

Kennesaw State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Kennesaw Marietta

The Master of Science in First-Year Studies (MSFYS) is a fully online graduate program that encompasses the theory and study of factors affecting the initial college experience, including foundations of students' transitional experiences and research on various programs that promote a successful transition. [+]

MSc Degrees in Sociology. The Master of Science in First-Year Studies (MSFYS) is a fully online graduate program that encompasses the theory and study of factors affecting the initial college experience, including foundations of students' transitional experiences and research on various programs that promote a successful transition. Grounded in decades of research, this is the only graduate degree program dedicated to the discipline of first-year studies. Through an innovative curriculum, students in the MSFYS graduate program develop skills and knowledge needed to create and manage curricular and co-curricular programs, and engage in research that extends the collective understanding of first-year and transition studies. The MSFYS program is designed for anyone interested in working with or teaching first-year college students, including residence hall directors, academic advisors, teaching staff, faculty, and administrators. About Us The Department of First-Year and Transition Studies is home to the fully online graduate degree program in First-Year Studies. The M.S. in First-Year Studies will equip participants with the knowledge of the transitions that first-year students face to prepare them to design, manage and deliver both curricular and co-curricular programs to help first-year students succeed. This Master of Science degree will encompass the theory and study of factors affecting the initial college experience, including foundations of students’ transitional experiences and research on various programs that promote a successful transition. Outcomes Demonstrate knowledge of the leading theories in curriculum, instruction, and assessment relative to first-year students. Develop the ability to apply seminal concepts to create effective curricular initiatives and... [-]

Master in Sociology (MSc)

Tilburg University
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years August 2017 Netherlands Tilburg

The Master's program in Sociology offers several options for students who are interested in the academic field of Sociology and want to acquire new knowledge and skills. The Master options are: • The Master in Sociology (1 year) • The Extended Master in Sociology including a traineeship (1,5 year) • Double Degree in Sociology and Population Studies (1,5 year) • Double Degree Program Tilburg & Trento (2 years) [+]

Master in Sociology (MSc) The Master in Sociology is a one-year, English-taught program containing 60 ECTS credits. The program focuses on the analysis of problems of social cohesion. It does so comparing individuals and countries. Questions dealt with include: What are people's attitudes about welfare rights for minority groups in society, such as immigrants, and what factors can explain these attitudes? Does a country's social security system effect solidarity with one's fellow citizens? Do people increasingly act individually, and does the existence of and involvement in social media compensate for this? How can we explain the growth of political cynicism? What social groups are more involved in crime? Are certain social groups more involved in crime than others? The Master's program has a theoretical and empirical research focus. This means that social problems and issues are translated into sociological research questions, which are then analyzed using sociological theories, models, advanced research methods and statistical techniques. In addition to this, students will then learn how policy solutions can be derived from the results of this sociological analysis, and to evaluate the implementation of these solutions. The broad and in-depth knowledge acquired during your Sociology studies will enable you to make a substantial contribution to the analysis and solution of today's social problems. Program structure The program consists of 60 Credits (ECTS), equivalent to 1680 hours of study, divided into four units. As of Academic Year 2015-2016 the Master's program in Sociology will start with a second intake moment. Students can start... [-]

MSc in Sociology of Law

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

The Master of Science in Sociology of Law is an interdisciplinary social science programme aimed at introducing students to the study of law, legal institutions and legal behaviour in a social context. [+]

Programme overview

The Master of Science Programme in Sociology of Law is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at introducing students to the study of law, legal institutions and legal behaviour in a social context. It offers an advanced overview of sociology of law with the possibility of specialisation in socio-legal areas, such as criminal justice, criminology, legal cultures, human rights, the legal profession, governance, law and gender, law and globalisation and regulation.

The objective of the programme is to increase the students’ knowledge of how the law and legal institutions work at the national and transnational levels and how they impact upon the everyday life of ordinary citizens. The programme will provide the students with the skills they need to critically examine, analyse and evaluate the interplay between socio-legal theory and practice, explore legal developments, and study implementation problems at the national, international and global levels.... [-]


MSc Social Policy

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

This course offers you the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research methods. [+]

Why this course? This course offers you the opportunity to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key social policy issues together with advanced training in research methods. It aims to improve your knowledge and understanding of the factors which shape social needs and the ways in which different societies have responded to these. This will enhance your research skills and enable you to undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice. It's suitable for: students who have studied social policy at undergraduate level and who now wish to build on the foundations they have already laid before entering employment or embarking on further study graduates of other disciplines who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of social and welfare issues whilst also enhancing their research skills individuals already in employment who wish to update their existing knowledge and skills before moving onto the next stage of their careers What you'll study The course includes a combination of research methods classes, core disciplinary training and individualised study. In addition to classes in research design, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods, the course also includes substantive classes in "Welfare concepts and ideas" and "Approaches to welfare: past, present and future". The first of these classes examines some of the most important concepts and ideas which have shaped thinking around social policy issues. The second class examines the historical development of social policy in a range of different countries before moving on to examine some of the major... [-]

MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Psychology of Faces)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

Our internationally renowned team of experts study almost all aspects of face perception, including low level visual processing, adaptation, gaze perception, social perception such as mate preference and attractiveness, mechanisms of recognition and forensic aspects such as unfamiliar face matching and eye witness recovery of memories for faces. [+]

MSc Degrees in Sociology. The University has a long history of face research. Our internationally renowned team of experts study almost all aspects of face perception, including low level visual processing, adaptation, gaze perception, social perception such as mate preference and attractiveness, mechanisms of recognition and forensic aspects such as unfamiliar face matching and eye witness recovery of memories for faces. This research has led to EvoFIT, a unique system for constructing facial composites of offenders by witnesses and victims of crime, which has a suspect identification rate ten times higher than traditional methods used by police. You will become part of this vibrant research community as you study the key research methods related to face research and will put your learning into practice during a month-long placement. Course objectives This course facilitates understanding of this diverse subject whilst allowing students to focus the majority of their efforts in face research, an area for which Psychology at Stirling has long been internationally renowned. Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English... [-]

MSc Humanitarian Studies

Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Liverpool

The programme reviews historical and current policies and practice in humanitarian assistance, analyses the effect of war, natural disasters and the international economy on social dislocation, health and wellbeing, investigates the evidence base for current operational guidelines and explores novel approaches in responding to the challenges of today’s humanitarian problems. It is responding to the need for a professional, integrated, accountable and ethical approach to humanitarian interventions in which humanitarian workers are often called upon to operate in environments where demands extend beyond conventional professional boundaries. Opportunities for in-depth study include regional and country case studies and a choice of modules addressing specific aspects of humanitarian interventions. In addition, the programme offers participants an opportunity to develop and undertake a research project, usually overseas, in an area of special interest indicated by client Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), International Organisations (IOs) or National Ministries. [+]

The programme reviews historical and current policies and practice in humanitarian assistance, analyses the effect of war, natural disasters and the international economy on social dislocation, health and wellbeing, investigates the evidence base for current operational guidelines and explores novel approaches in responding to the challenges of today’s humanitarian problems. It is responding to the need for a professional, integrated, accountable and ethical approach to humanitarian interventions in which humanitarian workers are often called upon to operate in environments where demands extend beyond conventional professional boundaries. Opportunities for in-depth study include regional and country case studies and a choice of modules addressing specific aspects of humanitarian interventions. In addition, the programme offers participants an opportunity to develop and undertake a research project, usually overseas, in an area of special interest indicated by client Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), International Organisations (IOs) or National Ministries. Academic requirements: Open to graduates of health-related disciplines with relevant humanitarian assistance, developing countries’ or other appropriate professional experience. Applications from international students are welcomed. Recognition of prior learning: All programmes of study will permit entry with credit attributed to previous certificated study up to a total of one third of the credits required to be awarded a MSc Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Award. Work experience: Non-graduates with considerable satisfactory work experience with humanitarian / development organisations and evidence of appropriate in-service training will also be considered. Field experience is desirable but not essential. English language requirements: The programme is taught in English. Students whose... [-]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Cultural Sociology

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

In Cultural Sociology, you will not only examine culture from a broad perspective (collective mentalities, ideologies, religious orientations, expert and lay... [+]

Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology: Cultural Sociology

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Would you like to know if the global exchange of media products – Disney movies, fashion magazines, popular music – poses a threat to local and national cultures? Or if developing art markets in Russia, China, Brazil and India adopt Western models and institutions?In Cultural Sociology, you will not only examine culture from a broad perspective (collective mentalities, ideologies, religious orientations, expert and lay knowledge), but you will also look at the more specific features of culture (art, media, popular culture). You will focus on how symbolic goods like books, artworks and fashion are produced, distributed and received. In addition, the curriculum explores how broader cultural conceptions are embedded in social relations, and how they change over time and vary across social groups.The approach to the study is empirically grounded, utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods. The programme offers you the unique opportunity to study key themes within contemporary cultural sociology. The research and teaching of staff members stimulates a strong engagement with issues of cultural globalisation and cross-national comparative research.... [-]