University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc Sociology

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Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degree Offered:

MSc Sociology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme gives you the opportunity to extend your core sociological knowledge and understanding. It will also consolidate familiarity with the discipline for those with a background in a related subject, but without specialised knowledge of sociology.

The key learning goals are to develop critical use and comprehension of social theory, gain a grounding in methodologies and techniques of enquiry, and 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.

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 one of:
    • Qualitative Social Research or
    • Quantitative Social Research 

Optional units

You may choose four units from the list of sociology options. Options vary each year but may include: 

  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Theories of Ethnicity and Racism
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
  • Philosophy and Research Design
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Culture
  • Narrating the Self
  • The Theory and Politics of Multiculturalism
  • Interpreting Gender
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Care, Labour and Gender
  • Religion and Politics in the West
  • Understanding Risk

You will also study a maximum of one unit from the remaining optional units that are offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies in the academic year.  

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City