MSc Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 18
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme is principally concerned with explaining the importance of ethnicity and multiculturalism, 'race', racism, diaspora and communalism in contemporary societies. It has a particular focus on the nature of multicultural and multiethnic societies, the issues surrounding culture in a modern and postmodern world, and the growing public policy implications of addressing ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity within modern nation-states.

It also examines the discrimination, exclusion, marginality and unfair treatment of minority groups, and the violation of their civil rights in different societies.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

All students complete the following units:

  • Theories of Ethnicity and Racism
  • Dissertation (MSc only)

Optional units

You will also choose at least four further units from a list of Sociology units which may include following (teaching provision changes each year):

  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Quantitative Social Research
  • Diversity and Citizenship in Europe
  • Global Ethnicities
  • Globalisation and Culture
  • International Migration
  • Narrating the Self
  • Contemporary Political and Social Action
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Sociology of Pop Music
  • Care, Labour and Gender: International Policy Development
  • Social Class in Contemporary Society
  • Classics of Modern Cultural Theory
  • Understanding Culture
  • Religion Ethnicity and Value Change
  • One option (maximum) from the school's remaining Politics optional units offered in the academic year.See the SPAIS website for further information.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation.

Students of the MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.  Many sectors such as the Civil Service, NGO and charity work require an MSc and some volunteer/ internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Dept for Education (including SureStart), European Parliament among others.

Further details can be found on our website

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2016

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 23% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

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Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7577 Email:

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TU


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