• Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years


Why Lancaster?

  • Be inspired by our tutors’ expertise in key areas such as climate change and social inequalities
  • Benefit from the quality and depth of our research which achieves national and global recognition
  • Get involved in using sociology as a way of contributing to positive cultural and social change
  • Prepare for your main dissertation with our innovative mini research group projects
  • Gain valuable transferable skills in critical thinking to help you stand out in the job market

How do social inequalities develop? What is being done to resist and challenge them? What social factors influence climate change and how we respond? If these questions intrigue you, you’re the perfect fit for our MA Sociology.

Forward-thinking research

Our programme lets you focus on a wide range of contemporary issues in society, such as inequality, racism and capitalism. At the same time, you’ll focus on developing your critical skills.

You’ll be part of our ground-breaking research community where some of our academics dedicate their time to climate change, while others focus on finding alternatives to social and economic inequalities. Our committed and socially engaged experts create a vibrant environment where you’ll be able to thrive.

To make sure our programme is inclusive and culturally diverse, we’ve expanded our global focus and are decolonising our curriculum.

Practical project experience

As well as a dissertation, our MA includes a separate module which gives you the opportunity to work in groups on a mini research project. This is a good trial run to develop your social research skills in a safe environment while receiving constructive feedback.

Working together with others like this is a great way to experience different approaches and gives you another practical project to refer to in job interviews.


The MA is about equipping you with valuable, transferable skills rather than preparing you for a specific job. These are what will help you stand out from your peers.

But here is an idea of some of the careers our MA graduates go on to:

  • Charity sector work or community engagement
  • Social enterprise
  • The caring professions
  • The Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Specialist recruitment
  • Media and creative industries
  • Human resources, and graduate trainee management

You can expect to have developed strong skills in critical and independent thinking. And this can make all the difference from being hired or not. In fact, feedback shows that employers like sociology postgraduates because of their ability to apply their knowledge and provide unique perspectives on diverse workplace challenges.

Many graduates also use our MA as the springboard for going on to a PhD or further research.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:2 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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