MA in Sociology and Social Research

Why choose this course?

  • Combines thorough training in social research methods with their application to changes in contemporary society
  • Develops your understanding on a range of crucial sociological issues
  • Equips you with an up-to-date knowledge of the cutting-edge in sociological theory and methodology
  • Opens the way vocationally to both research at doctoral level and to work in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

Duration: Full time 1 year. Part time 2 years.
Start date(s): October 
Distance learning available: No

Entry requirements:
2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent).
Mathematics - C or above at  GCSE (or equivalent).

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Fees for 2017/18*: 
UK/ EU: £5,450 
Non-EU: £14,100 
*These figures have not been confirmed, but they are expected to be approximately as stated. Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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We are in a time of immense social change, where the need for social research has never been greater. This MA programme equips students with the tools and knowledge to understand how and why social, political and cultural changes manifest themselves, both in the UK and internationally. It offers students a sound training in research methods and equips them with the cutting-edge in theoretical and methodological approaches. The MA is suitable both for those wishing to hone their skills and knowledge to pursue further academic research opportunities, and for those seeking a relevant and rigorous course which will prepare them for employment in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only -  the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer, the module content and the assessment methods.

Core modules:

Choose from the following elective modules to the value of 40 credits: 

You will take part in interactive small seminars, presentations and group work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to whom you can turn for help and advice. Assessment occurs through essays and reports (for example, on the practical application of research methods), and a dissertation.
This new MA programme opens the way vocationally to both research at doctoral level and to work in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

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Somia BiBi

MA in Social Research and Social Change

My research revealed that Aston University offers the best MA that fits with my interests. The Social Sciences School has a number of researchers and lecturers that specialise in fields that are of great interest to me.


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