MSc Sociology

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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 offers you the opportunity to extend your core sociological knowledge and understanding. It also serves to consolidate familiarity with the discipline for those coming from related subject degree backgrounds, but without specialised knowledge of sociology.

The key learning goals are the development of critical use and comprehension of social theory, a grounding in methodologies and techniques of enquiry, and a focus on distinctive, substantive sociological topics, such as ethnicity, multiculturalism, gender, sexuality, religion and culture. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to pursue a sociological project of your choice in greater depth, while still providing close academic supervision.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£6,100
Overseas
£15,500

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,050

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

  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Dissertation

and either:

  • Qualitative Social Research or
  • Quantitative Social Research

Optional units

You will choose no more than three options from the following list:

  • Culture, Postmodernity and Religion
  • Global Ethnicities
  • Globalisation and Culture
  • Interpreting Gender
  • Theories of Ethnicity and Racism
  • Theory and Politics of Muticulturalism
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Care, Labour and Gender
  • Social Class in Contemporary Society
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Religion and Politics
  • Understanding Risk
  • Classics of Modern Cultural Theory
  • Religion Ethnicity and Value Change

One option (maximum) from the remaining SPAIS Politics optional units offered in the academic year.  See SPAIS website for an example of subjects offered. 

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant 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.

Careers

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.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 32% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 23% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7577 Email: spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
11 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TY http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/prospective/prospectivepgt

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