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MSc Sociology

The Department of Sociology has a strong tradition of teaching Sociology at postgraduate level and from October 2021 is introducing a new programme reflecting the Department’s distinctive research interests and themes.

The MSc Sociology programme enables students to gain an advanced and critical understanding of how to apply sociological theories and perspectives to contemporary issues and social transformations.  Through a range of engaging learning approaches, students are invited to explore the interrelationships of power, social divisions, social diversity and social inequality and their application to social action and public sociology.  To do this, the programme draws directly on active research specialisms in the Department of Sociology (gender, violence and abuse; health and social theory; education and inequalities; and communities and social justice).  This is supported by developing students’ own advanced understanding and application of approaches to researching these topics, including the methodological, epistemological and ethical issues inherent in sociological research, activism and public engagement in contemporary societies.

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University student
The MSc Sociology is for anyone who wants to understand the social world as it is and change it. Studying with us means becoming part of a community of sociologists who are committed to sociological research that contributes to social change. You will have the opportunity to learn with leading, internationally renowned experts researching in our core themes. We are a friendly department that is committed to world-leading sociological research that seeks to change the world around us. Join us!

Dr Sol Gamsu
Programme Director - MSc Sociology
University student
The MSc Sociology at Durham is a fantastic programme for anyone wishing to expand their sociological imagination. The course is academically stimulating and allowed me to explore my interests due to the wide range of modules, run by world leading experts who are supportive, approachable and genuinely nice people. The programme also caters wonderfully for those from other academic backgrounds which creates space for engaging discussions in the classroom with varied viewpoints.

Josh Salter
MSc Sociology graduate, 2022