Master of Science
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.
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
Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences: Historical Perspectives/Historical Sources
Humans and Other Species
International Social Work: Themes and Issues
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 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 Network Analysis: Mapping and Exploring the Network Society
Survey Methods and Data
Theories of Justice
Youth Culture, Media and Society
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
Environment and conservation
Forestry Commission, Scotland.
Museum sector, UK.
Public health, Edinburgh.
Health education, Scotland.
Health education, Switzerland.
Police sergeant, Scotland.
Students have gone on to PhDs at universities around the world.
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.
Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and Internationally recognised.
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.