University of Edinburgh

School of Social and Political Sciences

MSc Sociology and Global Change


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Introduction This intensive one-year programme gives you the opportunity to understand social change and to systematically and critical assess claims about causes, consequences and solutions to contemporary social issues.  At Edinburgh you will also be able study with leading specialists in the field. The MSc in Sociology and Global Change is highly customizable, so you can choose from a suite of courses in these areas, within Sociology, across the School of Social and Political Science and more widely across the University. We welcome students from all backgrounds and subject areas. At Edinburgh you will be joining a community of internationally recognised and world leading experts in one of the world’s great cities. The global reach of our academic research, from the US to Europe, Africa & South Asia, makes Sociology at Edinburgh truly unique and international. The University of Edinburgh is a world class institution, ranked 17th in the world and 7th in Europe by the Times Higher Education rankings. Structure and courses This one year full time/two year part-time taught MSc programme provides a conversion course which gives an overview of Sociology, and offers training in the core elements of the discipline, social theory and social research, as well as access to a suite of more specialist courses. Through core courses, students are provided with the theoretical and research tools for understanding social change through critical engagement with and investigation of the social world. Complementary substantive courses provide further means to critically engage with research and provide students different perspectives and areas of substantive knowledge which will help inform their understanding of the social world.  The dissertation allows students to undertake an extended independent inquiry into a suitable topic of their choosing with appropriate academic supervision in Sociology and the School of Social and Political Science. Core courses: Key Concepts in Global Social Change Researching Global Social Change Four courses from the following list of options : Analysing Qualitative Data Anthropology of Violence Armed Force and Society Contemporary Social Theory Core Quantitative Data Analysis for Social Research Critical Perspectives on Mental Health in the Global South Discourse Analysis / Conversation Analysis Displacement and Development Environment and Risk Ethnography of the USA Evolution Dynamics of Biotechnology Explanation and Understanding in Social and Political Research Gender and Development Genetics Nature and Society Genocide and Ethnic Conflict Globalization Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences: Historical Perspectives/Historical Sources Humans and Other Species International Social Work: Themes and Issues Intimate Relationships Migration and society Narrative Text and Discourse Nations and Nationalism Popular Music, Technology and Society Power: Conceptualising, Theorising and Investigating Religion and Global Society Research Design Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection Researching Drugs and Alcohol in Society Scotland: Social Structure and Social Change Social and Political Movements: Theory and Practice Social Demography Social Network Analysis: Mapping and Exploring the Network Society Survey Methods and Data Theories of Justice Urban Development Youth Culture, Media and Society Careers The MSc Sociology & Global change provides graduates with a wide array of transferrable skills, preparing our students for careers in a variety of fields. All students have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme. The service provides both general and specific guidance on career options, runs career fairs, talks and training sessions, offers assistance with a CV, applications forms and interview preparation, and helps in exploring further study options. Find below a non-exhaustive list of career pathways this programme has opened for our past students: Development and International Aid CARE Water Team, Ethiopia UNAIDS, Geneva. Environment and conservation Forestry Commission, Scotland. Museum sector, UK. Health Public health, Edinburgh. Health education, Scotland. Health education, Switzerland. Law Police sergeant, Scotland. Lawyer, Cyprus. PhD study Students have gone on to PhDs at universities around the world. Universities Lecturer, Queen Margaret University. Lecturer, University of Kent at Canterbury. Postdoctoral fellow, University of Edinburgh. Research fellowships, University of Durham. Research Associate, Tufts University. Senior Lecturer, University of Hong Kong. Writing Novelist. Food blogger.


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International Student Requirements:

For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website. Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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