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The course offers you an exciting opportunity to study sociology at an advanced and specialised level with a distinctive focus on the tradition and contemporary forms of public sociology.

Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: September 2016
Course length: One year full-time / two years part-time
Study location: City site

Fees and funding:

Please see the fees, funding and scholarships section.

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About the MA Sociology

The MA Sociology at NTU has a distinctive and specialist focus on Public Sociology. This is a course that enables you to link theory, research and practice, develop in-depth knowledge and insights as well as gain the practical experience needed to build your skills as a Public Sociologist.

Public Sociology awakens and empowers your sociological imagination by connecting what you study with the social issues and challenges faced by contemporary civil society. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop advanced and specialist knowledge of sociological theory and research: it supports and challenges you to use this knowledge in ways that directly benefits others. The course is designed and delivered by academic professionals with expertise in carrying out research for and with many different clients, groups and communities.

Public Sociology reaches beyond the university, creating the spaces where academics, students and diverse publics can interrogate and apply sociological research and methods to real world situations. From day one of the course, you will take what you learn in the classroom to the various 'publics' of Nottingham and beyond, gaining valuable experience through modules that emphasise working with communities, engaging with local and national policy makers and contributing to debates that ignite public interest.

The course embodies not only the pursuit of understanding, critique and argument essential to advanced sociology, but also a call to action. Through a course design that emphasises the continuous interplay between theory and practice, you will develop both your in-depth knowledge and your practical skills in being a Public Sociologist.

Why choose the MA Sociology?

  • Work with local, national and international organisations to gain hands-on experience of using sociology to identify and address the big social challenges.
  • Explore historical and contemporary issues and debates with a focus on social inequalities and social issues and develop an understanding of a range of global issues.
  • Build your expertise as Public Sociologist through public engagement activities, projects, creative assessments and the dissertation.
  • Be part of a lively and creative research culture with staff who have specialist interests in the study of disaster, youth, race, gender, crime and social class.
  • Choose to study full-time or part-time.

Fellowship of the RSA
As a result of an exciting partnership with the national policy organisation, the RSA, students will also be automatically enrolled as Honorary Fellows. The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today's social challenges. Honorary Fellowship will open up a number of opportunities for students to engage with this important national organisation.

The School of Social Sciences also offer a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Master's students on this course which are available to home, EU and international students.

You can find more information and details on how to apply on our fees and funding page.

Contact us for further information
Find out more information by requesting a course brochure. If you would like to speak with a member of the team, you can contact us using the details below.

Email us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
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