All MA courses are available on a full or part-time basis.
You look at the tensions, interactions and networks that dictate how
societies are organised. Focusing on topics such as citizenship, gender, media
and criminology, you contribute to the thinking that guides organisations such
as the Home Office, Amnesty International and the United Nations.
MA Sociology by Dissertation
This course is for you if you want to carry out a relatively small piece of
original research under the supervision of an academic member of staff. The
minimum period is one year full-time (two years part-time) with a maximum of two
years full-time (three years part-time), and the length of the completed
research dissertation should be no more than 30,000 words.
You should submit a dissertation for a Mastership to present the results of
original research carried out during the approved period and should demonstrate
advanced understanding of the area of study. The dissertation should set out the
relationship between your work and the wider field of knowledge, and should be
expressed clearly and concisely. Arrangements can be made for you to attend
appropriate sociological modules to ensure relevant theoretical and research
methods training. This should be discussed at an early stage with the
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, please submit a short research proposal
outlining the aims, objectives and expected methodology of your project for
consideration by the Graduate Director. Proposals should be sent to:
MA Advertising, Marketing and the Media
We are surrounded by advertising, marketing and media campaigns in a hugely
competitive world-wide marketplace and these areas form an important commercial
function within businesses and organisations. The study of advertising and
marketing is an established and important area within business and management
studies and the sociology of consumption and consumer culture.
How do we understand crime? How can it be prevented? Why should crime be punished,
and how should we go about it? Criminologists engage with some of the most pressing issues,
decisions and dilemmas facing societies today.
On our course you explore the nature of crime, criminal justice and punishment within wider social contexts.
MSc Criminology and Socio-Legal Research
This course forms part of our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation and
combines training in current debates in criminology with a foundation in
sociological research design, plus an introduction to legal theory and legal
methods. It provides a good basis if you wish to conduct criminological research
with a socio-legal dimension.
MSc Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security
In recent years, issues of terrorism and organised crime have gained an
unprecedented profile, provoked significant social concern and dominated both
law and order and many wider social policy agendas.
We draw on state-of-the-art research to address key critical issues
surrounding organised criminality and terrorism in contemporary society. We
involve multi-level analyses of organised crime as a concept, alongside the
impacts of urbanisation, migration and globalisation upon both the practice of
crime and the ways in which we understand them. In addition, the course
addresses cutting-edge critical, conceptual and theoretical analyses of
terrorism and counter-terrorism.
MA Sociological Research Methods
This course provides a strong foundation in carrying out empirical research,
encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. We offer you
advanced study of research design and of specific research techniques and their
evaluation. In the process you also acquire a critical appreciation of empirical
MSc Survey Methods for Social Research
What methods are used to discover how people behave, what they believe and
what opinions they hold? What sort of sampling techniques are needed to access
different types of population? What is the best way to design a questionnaire?
MA Sociology and Management
You gain a critical appreciation of the social dynamics of work in the
twenty-first century. As the occupation of management grows and changes, to
demand a more specialised understanding of the modern organisation and the world
it operates in, potential managers need an up-to-date and in-depth understanding
of their occupation and its context.