Contemporary Sociology

MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to gain a deeper understanding of key sociological issues and debates and develop your social research skills.

Course Description

This degree will provide you with advanced training in sociology, focusing on contemporary theories, themes and debates. You will develop your social research skills enabling you to move into a variety of careers as well as providing opportunities for further academic research.

The course combines four core modules with two option modules which, along with your dissertation, allow you to specialise in your preferred area of sociological research. In the core modules you will explore some of the main problems of contemporary societies, such as environmental change, terrorism, or the role of the media, together with analysis of theoretical developments in sociology in recent decades. You will gain a deeper understanding of the practical applications of sociological research in the public context. The option modules provide the opportunity for more intense specialisation in areas of sociological research in which department staff are currently active.

As well as specific knowledge of contemporary sociology this degree will develop your skills of critical analysis and broaden your understanding of societies and social issues. The course will equip you with the ability to describe and discuss theories, concepts and research findings in sociology and to present ideas in a concise
and critical fashion.

By developing your practical transferable skills, the course provides an excellent basis for entering employment in a range of sectors within the UK and other parts of the world. The MA is also a foundation for those wishing to progress to a PhD.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Sociology
Contact

Postgraduate Secretary, Sociology
+44 (0)116 252 2750
pgradsoc@le.ac.uk

Sociology website

Why Leicester?

We are committed to academic excellence, intellectual diversity, good teaching and ensuring that the student experience provides a vital foundation for future employment.

As one of the longest established sociology departments in the UK we have a well-respected tradition in both teaching and research.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching, allowing you to gain from cutting-edge developments in your field as they occur.

Our vibrant and friendly learning environment is valued by staff and students. Our courses are designed with you in mind to provide you with the skills and knowledge for a variety of careers.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Modules

  • Issues in Contemporary Society
  • Research Questions to Research Design
  • Exploring the Social World

plus your Dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

  • Debates in Contemporary Sociology
  • Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Sociology of Sport
  • Technology, Culture and Communication
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • New Communication Technologies

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminar discussions and individual tutorials in preparation for assignments. You will also undertake independent study and research, which will be guided by tutors, in addition to participating in classes.

Your study modules will be assessed principally by essay. However, other means of assessment, such as project work, are also used in some modules. To be awarded the MA, you must also complete a supervised research based dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree in a relevant social science subject

Other qualifications may be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

Our courses are designed with you in mind in order to provide you with the skills and knowledge to move into a variety of careers. The MA in Contemporary Sociology provides an excellent basis for entering employment in a range of sectors within the UK and other parts of the world. This includes working in research, politics, and the public sector. Graduates are also well placed to go into teaching, publishing and the cultural industry.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Contemporary Sociology MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Contemporary Sociology MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Contemporary Sociology
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Contemporary Sociology
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability