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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.75k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This programme aims to provide students with a general interest in sociology the opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge of the discipline.

    Career opportunities

    Many MA students go on to take research degrees (PhD), but the skills gained on this programme can be put to use in a variety of career paths. Careers which are most closely related include education, social and community work (related to a range of areas such as welfare advice, working with families or dealing with issues such as homelessness and mental health problems), human resources and working in the media.

    Module details

    You take four core compulsory course units: Social Theory and Cultural Identity; Culture, Modernity and Media; Research Design I and II, together with four options chosen from a wide range of specialist units. Examples of optional course units include: Politics and Culture; Protest and Progress: Understanding Movements for Social and Political Change; Cultures of Digital Play; New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality; Qualitative Research Methods; Introduction to Quantitative Methods; Methodological Issues in Social Research. Students may also negotiate an Independent Studies course unit, linked to their particular research interests, subject to a suitable academic supervisor being available. Students registered for the MA (or who upgrade from the PG Diploma) complete a 12,000 word dissertation, on a research topic of their choice, in addition to the eight taught course units.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Academic entry qualification overview: First degree at 2:1 level (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject for direct Masters entry.2:2 (or overseas equivalent) in a Social Science subject for Postgraduate Diploma route entry.English language: Applicants whose first language is not English must attain one of the following: IELTS - Overall 7, writing score 7TOEFL - Overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT)TOEFL - Overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT). This test is no longer available but results less than 2 years old can be submitted.TOEFL - Overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT)Applicants with scores below our requirements may be eligible to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Duration will be confirmed when an official result has been received.Exemption to the requirements is at the discretion of the School. Applicants who have been taught and assessed in English on previous degrees may still be required to show proof of English proficiency via TOEFL/IELTS.TOEFL Certificates - please designate the University of Manchester as a recipient of your result. The code is 0757. Results must come directly from ETS (TOEFL).Test scores valid for 2 years.Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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