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MA Sociology

The 21st Century has witnessed rapid social changes, in terms of our personal relationships, communities, politics and the technology we use. The Sociology degree from University of Birmingham offers the tools to understand the drivers of this change as well as the challenges these present to our societies.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,150 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Sociology degree from University of Birmingham has a strong theoretical core, which critically examines the major sociological traditions as tools for understanding contemporary social transformations. We will take these traditions and combine them with cutting edge theoretical frames to explain social phenomenon that are reshaping our societies, such as: the rise of new technologies and social media; the rise of new forms of populist politics; widening socio economic inequalities; increasing forms of individualisation.

The programme will appeal to those who want to better understand complex shifts and transformations within our societies. Alongside social theory, the MA Sociology programme offers a suite of optional modules that examine a range of social issues and divisions, such as crime, migration, poverty and inequality, race and ethnicity. You will approach these issues by pursuing distinctively sociological questions of the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and wider social processes; the dynamics of stability and change and the distribution of power. This will be paralleled by training in the analysis of empirical sociological research, the design of research programmes and the methods for collecting, interpreting and presenting sociological data.

Courses included:

  • Transforming Identities
  • Transforming Societies
  • Dissertation
  • The Third Sector and Social Policy
  • Migration, Super diversity, Policy and Practice
  • Policy Futures: Theories and Concepts in International Policymaking
  • Globalisation, International Migration & Citizenship

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


This programme will equip you with critical reasoning and analytical skills that are valued across a range careers, including social and market research, policy and campaigns, the media, charities and the voluntary sector as well as providing a basis for doctoral study.


  • For entry onto this programme you will normally have an undergraduate degree of at least a 2:1. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered on a case by case basis, if you have extensive related work experience.
  • International applicants will be required to hold an IELTs of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

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