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The MA Sociology by distance learning is a perfectly balanced programme of study that examines how sociologists make sense of the social world and the human condition.

The course considers sociology to be the systematic study of forms of social organisation and patterns within social life. The course explores the relevance of theory and philosophy for thinking sociologically. It also considers the range of methods employed for engaging in sociological research.

We will provide you with a supportive and intellectually exciting study environment that is responsive to your individual needs. In addition, we aim to encourage the development of critical skills, including argument, analysis, theoretical exposition and description, precision, and good methodological skills that enable the development of confidence and professionalism in relation to both your work and other students. We also aim to prepare you for either further academic work or for other careers where the general skills acquired will be of invaluable benefit.

You will also have the chance to study the award from a variety of perspectives and to develop your own interests in the area.

The award is delivered via the Blackboard virtual learning environment, which allows you the flexibility to arrange your studies around work and family commitments.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

The award is made up of the following modules.

Contemporary Social Theory

Research Methods Awareness

Research Practice

Culture and Identity

Sociology Dissertation

MA Award
February, September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

2:1 Honours degree or above, or relevant professional experience

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