MA Sociology

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

This degree captures the distinctive approach to sociology at Exeter, taking an interdisciplinary perspective on the some of the biggest issues and questions facing contemporary societies.

Topics covered include:

  • The relationship between science, technology and the social world
  • How we can better understand contemporary societies, particularly in relation to health, well-being and culture
  • Questioning taken-for-granted assumptions regarding contemporary modes of life and developing new ways of apprehending them

You will also explore a range of different social research methods and conceptual tools and learn to apply them in your own research of the social world.


N.B.: the ‘topics covered include’ section is based on a broad overview of the optional modules we currently plan to offer.

Programme structure

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module spans one term and is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

Compulsory modules

Core modules followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

CodeModuleCredits
SOCMXXXSocial Theory30
SOCM020Research methods in the Social Sciences30
SOCM904Dissertation 60

Optional modules

Modules worth 60 credits in total chosen from within the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology (subject to availability)

You may also be able to choose optional modules (up to a maximum of 30 credits), from within a related discipline (History, Biosciences, Geography, Politics or Law), with the agreement of the module convenor.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation.

Careers

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as:

  • researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • managing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Graduate destinations

Job titleOrganisation
Lecturer London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Research Fellow The University of Manchester
Consultant Nigerdelta University Wilberforce Island, Amassoma
Research Associate  

Entry requirements 2017

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a discipline related to the programme.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £7,500 full-time; £3,750 part-time
  • International: £16,500 full-time

Funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

College of Social Science and International Studies
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723192
Email: ssis-admissions@exeter.ac.uk