"University of Warwick had always been in my mind for further study options. After looking at Warwick Sociology’s MA programme, Warwick was the university that I had sought after. It offers great flexibility. For example the modules provided by the department provides postgraduates with vast topics and fields without being restricted to specific specialisations like gender or social research. So for an individual taking straight MA in Sociology, this allows me to consider aspects of society much more broadly with detail, rather than sheer passing moments. The flexibility of MA Sociology will therefore help me to when I possibly consider doing a PhD since I wouldn’t be limited to a specific aspect to what I can do. The same goes to employability; with my MA and my work experiences, I can find employment in different fields like human resources, public relations, management, social work, and law. At the career fairs that I’ve attended, the employers that I’d interacted with gave positive responses to having an MA Sociology degree.
Warwick Sociology has opened me up to more opportunities. It’s made the international job market more within my reach and provided me with more exposure. I have had an opportunity to engage with employers who have branched all over the world. So even though as an international student, there might not be a lot of opportunities as compared to a home graduates from the UK, the same opportunities with the same kind of employers are available elsewhere. The department also gave us the chance to meet with Sociology specific employers to discuss our options which provided me with richer ideas in what I wish to pursue after my Masters."
- Fatima Shehzad
MA Sociology 2017
"I had already worked at Oxfam for a few years when I started the MA. Studying at Warwick was an opportunity to build my theoretical understanding of programme work while developing expertise on gender and development theory and practice. Doing the MA part-time allowed me to apply what I was learning directly to my work, particularly for the dissertation which I did as a joint project with Oxfam. I really enjoyed looking at my work in a new light from post-colonial and feminist perspectives, challenging myself to critique traditional approaches and do things in different ways.
Warwick is one of a few UK universities recognising the importance of an international development course with a specific focus on gender justice. There was flexibility to take a variety of gender-focused modules across the Sociology, Law and Politics departments, which brought different perspectives to the issues we were studying. There were about 12 of us on the course, so we got to know each other really well, going for lunches after lectures, studying together and meeting up in the Sociology common room. Being a small group also meant we had a lot of contact time with academic staff. All the tutors were fantastic and often went above and beyond with support and guidance, especially during essay and dissertation meltdowns!
I am currently working at Oxfam as a Youth Active Citizenship Adviser, focusing on young women’s political participation, gender-based violence and youth sexual and reproductive health rights. The course modules enriched my understanding of these thematic areas, especially the importance of feminist and participant-led approaches. I also apply findings on social norms and traditional gender roles form my dissertation research to our programmes on youth employment and young women's economic empowerment. Going back to university after having worked for a few years has reignited my love of studying, and I hope to carry on building the learning from the MA now that I’m working full-time on programme development."
- Imogen Davies
Youth Active Citizenship Adviser at Oxfam
MA Gender and International Development 2016
"On completion of my MA Social Research, I was keen to be able to apply what I’d learned in whatever employment I took up. My initial job search was extensive, covering many fields and disciplines including academia and further research. As my search progressed I found myself more and more drawn to jobs that used research creatively, having been particularly inspired by a module called Visual Sociology whilst I was at Warwick.
I now work as a freelancer in documentary film making. Starting my career at Latimer, a youth-centred social enterprise, committed to affecting social change through creative media and film production. Here, alongside film campaigns on social issues, I got my first experience on a television documentary for Channel 4 looking at Dog Fighting. From there I moved to working at VICE Media on documentaries covering issues such as LGBT rights and culture, drag and gender play and body modification. I'm now a freelance Assistant Producer for TV documentary and am currently working on a BBC 2 series about social mobility. Although many of my colleagues came to filmmaking through studying media or at film school, I’ve found that the process of social research lends itself to documentary. Most importantly, this MA provided me with broad experience that opened up many avenues for work on graduating."
- Sophie Perrins
Freelance Documentary Film-maker
MA Social Research 2012
"I chose Warwick specifically since it has the best balance of a solid academic reputation and is catering to my own research interests. I was also recommended Warwick by a lecturer from my undergraduate degree, who said it was a dynamic place to study with lots going on. I did a Politics and Sociology undergraduate degree several years ago, and chose this MA so I could develop research skills from a sociological perspective. I was interested in studying a mix of gender and development, and economic sociology topics, which I saw Warwick had expertise in when applying.
My MA covers a range of topics, with a strong focus on research methods as these are my core modules. I have studied modern capitalism in everyday society, international development from a gendered perspective, as well as the fundamentals of undertaking social research - which was the main draw of this course to me. I’ve found that this degree definitely links in with how I view the world day to day, and has helped me think about my personal experiences and being part of society from a different perspective. It's great also having a range of events and workshops happening at Warwick which are linked to Sociology, as these help bring my interests out of the classroom a bit more and give what I study a real-world relevance.
As such, I’ll be doing a PhD after this course, and have already developed a proposal for this which is linked to some of the topics covered in my MA. Additionally, my MA is particularly relevant to doing a PhD afterwards, as it is recognised by the ESRC as a prerequisite course when applying for doctoral funding. Furthermore, there is nothing more interesting than engaging with academic debates and better understanding how society operates, so I can't wait!
I know that studying Sociology at Warwick has given me both a necessary background in social research training and a real opportunity to pursue an academic career. Studying at Warwick has been a great and varied experience, and the campus environment helps keep you focused on learning and making the most of your time here."
- Romain Chenet
MA Social Research 2017
"Following on from my previous work for UN Women, I chose to study MA Gender and International Development to gain more profound knowledge of feminist theoretical frameworks and how they translate into gender mainstreaming, whilst at the same time, continuing to enhance the practical skills I obtained with the UN.
Warwick’s MA Gender and International Development was the perfect solution for me, because it combined theory and practical knowledge. As I was focusing on enhancing my research skills, the module Quantitative methods in Social Research was of significant importance to me. I have since applied this knowledge within my consultancy for UN Women and it has been particularly helpful during the data analysis process in my current doctoral research.
After graduation, I enhanced my academic background with a legal degree in international human rights law and embarked on doctoral studies. I’m a part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – a doctoral training programme aimed at cultivating the next generation of experts.
My MA programme was a starting point for my doctoral studies. It equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary for a researcher and gave me an impetus to do further research. Before my masters, I was involved in the only implementation level of my field, I can now act at the policy level, i.e., analysing the specificity of the problem, thinking critically about the change the programmes bring to women, and proposal alternative pathways."
- Maira Zeinilova
PhD Candidate, Dublin City University
MA Gender and International Development