This programme provides advanced training in sociological analysis and practice by introducing students to cutting-edge social theories and research methods. There is an emphasis upon how theories and methods can be applied to develop our understanding of contemporary issues and the opportunity to focus on Northern Ireland society.
The School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast offers postgraduate training leading to a Masters or Diploma in Sociology (MA(Soc)/Dip(Soc)). The course is designed to provide a fundamental grounding in sociological concepts along with a high quality introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research skills. The degree includes a range of elective modules that enable students to engage deeply with contemporary sociological concepts, theories and research in topics of particular interest. These option modules also offer the opportunity to specialise in more advanced training in quantitative research, qualitative research or in practical applications of research techniques. Graduates can use their qualification as high-level preparation for a doctoral research (PhD) degree or for a career in social research.
The programme consists of taught modules usually given during evenings but also, on occasions, in intensive sessions on Fridays/Saturdays, in a variety of formats. Masters and Diploma students take taught modules amounting to 120 CATS. In addition, Masters students do a research dissertation that counts as 60 CATS. The courses can be done in one year on a full-time basis or over two years part-time.
 CATS = Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme points. 120 CATS points are needed for a Diploma degree and 180 CATS points for a Master degree. CATS points are also used to assess the amount of fees that will be charged.
The modules that are anticipated to be offered this coming year (2014/15) are listed below:
Elective modules all run during the Spring semester and are offered subject to sufficient student demand and staff availability. Students will be able to choose a maximum of four option modules, at least three of which must be on the theme of sociological research (see below).
Options in Sociological Research:
Options in Social Research Methods:
This programme provides advanced training in sociological analysis and research and is an excellent stepping stone for Doctoral research.
For entrance requirements, please refer to the online Coursefinder
Those wishing to discuss the course or an application are invited to contact the MA(Soc) Programme Director:
Professor Roger Penn
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 3484
or contact the
The closing date for applications is the 15th August 2014.
Click here for more information on potential scholarship opportunities including the Patrick McCrystal Scholarship.