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Social Research - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

This programme offers a strong grounding in the methodologies of Sociology and allied social sciences, whilst allowing you to explore specialist aspects of the discipline. While you may wish to pursue a career in social research and many other fields, the degree also provides a firm basis for PhD-level research. If you follow the MA Social Research Methods route, you’ll achieve a detailed understanding of a range of traditional and emerging social research methods, and the opportunity to apply this knowledge in an independent research project that forms their dissertation.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

The course consists of three core modules, if you would like to view detailed descriptions of each please click on the module titles:

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Gender Analysis and Development Practice
  • Dissertatio
  • Politics and Social Theory
  • Social Theory and Social Justice
  • Sociology of the Body

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.

Contact Hours:

Each module has an average of 20 teaching hours.

You will also have dissertation supervision, which will include the ability to arrange contact time with your supervisor at your own disposal.

Class Sizes:

Class sizes can vary 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.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Civil Service
  • Nielsen
  • 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

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.

English Language Requirements

Band B

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

Course Fees

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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.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.