The MA in Sociology (Applied Social Research) is a postgraduate degree programme offered by the College of Humanities, as a one-year full-time course or a two-year part-time course.
The course focus is on sociological reseach methods, and the intention is to produce graduates skilled in a variety of up-to-date research methodologies, ready to embark on research careers in the private, public, voluntary or academic spheres. Modules on qualitative and quantitative methods form the core of the course, along with modules on substantive issues of contemporary relevance. Computer-aided analysis of qualitative data, and statistical analysis of large-scale survey datasets will be central to the respective modules. Faculty have extensive research experience in a variety of areas, including the media, social exclusion, stratification and inequality, the restructuring of work, feminist methodologies, community development, education, marriage and divorce, the sociology of health and illness, etc.
A research dissertation is a key element of the course, providing an opportunity for students to exercise and deepen their research skills.
The course is designed for those seeking careers in social research in government agencies, voluntary-sector organisations, private enterprises and academia.