Why are ‘private troubles’ also ‘public issues’? This programme enables you to explore and answer questions just like this. This programme will appeal if you’re interested in how social life shapes individuals’ experiences of the world around us. From across sociology and allied social sciences, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of theories and methodologies. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your programme to your own specific interests through our wide range of options.
You’ll study areas including: examining individuals’ experiences, and encounters with structures and institutions; reading new empirical research; exploring social theories; and assessing innovative methodologies.
This course consists of two core modules, if you would like to view the modules in greater detail please click on each module title:
Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:
- Sociology of the Body
- Animals in Society
- Cultures of Life, Authority and Power in Modernity
- Capitalism, State and Market
- Social Research for Social Change
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
You'll find optional module lists for Sociology modules on our website.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Each of our MA courses has specified core modules which will be studied alongside a range of optional modules. You’ll be required to choose four optional modules from our departmental list. All our MA courses follow a consistent structure meaning that you will follow a programme of taught modules, followed by a 15,000 word dissertation.
Each module consists of at least 20 hours of teaching. You will also have contact hours available at your own disposal for dissertation supervisor, etc.
Class sizes can range from 6 to 30 students, dependent on each module.
Taught modules are assessed through written assignments. Providing you successfully complete the taught components of the course, you will then focus on completion of your MA dissertation in the summer months of July and August. If you study part-time then you will study your taught modules over two years: with teaching taking place during the academic terms. The order in which you study your modules will be agreed following discussion with your course convenor. You will also begin planning your dissertation in year one.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- Birmingham City Council
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Civil Service
- OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
- Porter Novelli
They have progressed into roles such as:
- Business Consultant
- Charity Outreach Worker
- Speech and Language Specialist
To Visit Warwick...
There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.
Full-time: 1 year
(September 2019 - September 2020)
Part-time: 2 years
(September 2019 - September 2021)
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language Requirements
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
Department of Study
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships - Full overseas tuition, maintenance and other expenses for students applying for this course only. Sociology Departmental Scholarship - £5,000 for full-time applicants and £2,500 over 2 years for part-time applicants. 10 awards available: 5 for home and EU candidates, 5 for overseas candidates.
Additional Course Costs
Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.