School of Social Sciences

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.

About the MA Sociology

The MA Sociology at NTU offers you an exciting opportunity to develop a specialist and distinctive focus within sociology - Public Sociology. 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 'engages with diverse publics, reaches beyond the university, to enter into an ongoing dialogue with these publics' (Zussman & Misra 2007). It 'strikes up a [dialogue] between sociologist and public in which the agenda of each is brought to the table, in which each adjusts to the other' (Burawoy 2005: 9).

From day one of the course, you will link theory, research and practice, developing in-depth knowledge and insights as well as gaining the practical experience needed to build your skills as a Public Sociologist. 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?

  • Explore the key issues and debates with a focus on social inequalities and social issues and develop an understanding of a range of global issues.
  • Gain hands-on practical experience through research projects, work-based learning, fieldwork, and other public and policy engagement activities.
  • Learn from research active staff with specialisms in the study of disaster, race, gender and social class.
  • Delivered in partnership with a range of local, national and international organisations, giving you unrivalled opportunities for developing your skills.
  • Lecturer Dr Mike Keenan has collaborated in a major national study exploring religion, youth and sexuality.
  • 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
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
School of Social Sciences website

Fact file
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: 22 September 2014or 28 September 2015
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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