Sociology, MSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
12-24 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree

Start dates
September 2023

January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

About this program

Sociology, MSc

The MSc Sociology provides an in-depth understanding and training in the use of sociological theory and methodology, with a key focus on the distinct research specialisms of staff in the Department of Sociology.

You will examine classical sociological theory (Marx, Weber, Nietzsche) before moving on to more recent social thought to develop an advanced working knowledge of the most important theoretical tools available to professional social scientists today.You will also learn the latest advanced qualitative methods employed by social scientists, including participant observation, qualitative interviewing, focus groups, diaries, photography and film, and archived data sources.

In addition to the core theoretical and methodological concepts and debates in sociology, this MSc programme offers a series of courses that reflect the department’s expertise and current research, in topics such as globalisation, peace and conflict studies, comparative European societies and gendered and sexual violence.

You will also complete your dissertation on an approved topic chosen by you in consultation with a member of the Department faculty. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to draw upon the knowledge and skills you gain on the programme by undertaking a critical analysis of a relevant sociological topic.The MSc Sociology is designed for you if you have a background in sociology, or if you wish to extend your knowledge of the subject to the postgraduate level. The programme is also suitable as a conversion degree for students with little or no previous experience of Sociology.

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body.

Applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience appropriate to the field of study. Also taken into careful consideration is the trajectory of results, an applicant without an Overall 2.1 but with 2.1 results in their final two years of study may be admitted.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Program content

Semester 1

Optional Courses

You can choose two from the below and:

SO5514: Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World (30 credit points)

SO5526: Global Conflict and Peace Processes (30 credit points)

  • Dimensions of Globalization
  • The Comparative Study of European Societies
  • Sex, Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Dissertation: Sociology

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods in Social Science


  • EU / International Students: £19,400
  • Home / RUK: £9,200

Career paths

  • Non government organisations
  • Charities
  • Private and public sectors
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Consultancy

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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Contact info

University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK


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