MA Sociology


In Colchester

£ 6,125 + VAT


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  • Duration

    1 Year


About the course
Join one of the top sociology departments in the UK and further your understanding of the tensions, interactions and networks that dictate how societies are organised

You contribute to the thinking that guides organisations such as the Home Office, Amnesty International and the United Nations

You explore some of the most important and significant debates in contemporary social theory, learning to think analytically about theoretical questions

You discover the importance of social theory in developing a politically engaged understanding of concepts such as post-structuralism, feminism and actor-network theory, focusing on topics such as:
The history of digital piracy
Sociology of human rights
Media and criminology
Gender and sexuality
You also develop the skills needed to make your own contribution to the field, gaining a critical and coherent perspective on empirical research and examining the key assumptions and ideological underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research

Our Department of Sociology was rated top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014), and we consistently receive strong student satisfaction scores, including 96% overall student satisfaction in 2015

Our expert staff
We are a large and friendly department, offering a diverse range of research interests and with staff members who are committed to teaching, research and publication that covers a broad geographical spectrum

Many have worked at the local level with local authorities, justice councils, community partnerships and charities




Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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Course programme

Example structure
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.
Year 1
Topics in Contemporary Social Theory
Sociological Research Design
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (optional)
Digital Economy (optional)
Critical Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (optional)
Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)
We have a strong research group culture
Graduate students are encouraged to take part in our weekly Departmental Seminar which regularly features eminent outside speakers
Your modules are assessed by coursework and your dissertation
Your 15,000-word dissertation allows you to focus in-depth on your chosen topic from April onwards
You work with close supervision from academic staff

Additional information

Others have worked at a national and international level with bodies like the United Nations, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Public Understanding of Science, Amnesty International, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Home Office and national non-governmental organisations Specialist facilities Dedicated postgraduate support facilities Our renowned off-campus Graduate Conference takes place every February A unique Student Resource Centre where you can get help with your studies, access examples of previous students’ work, and attend workshops on research skills The Sociology common room is open all day Monday-Friday, is stocked with daily newspapers, magazines and journals, and has free drinks available Links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects and has its own library, and the UK Data Archive, which stores national research data like the British Crime Survey Our students’ Sociology Society, a forum for the exchange of ideas, arranging talks by visiting speakers, introducing you to various career pathways, and organising debates Your future A good sociology course, especially one from a recognised centre of excellence like Essex, opens many doors This course provides excellent preparation for further academic study, and many of our postgraduates go on to successful academic careers, both in the UK and overseas Others have established careers in non-governmental organisations, local authorities, specialist think tanks, government departments, charities, media production, and market intelligence We work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities Previous Next

MA Sociology

£ 6,125 + VAT