Coventry University - Sociology and Social Research MA

Coventry University

Sociology and Social Research MA

In a world of rapid and disruptive social change and pressing social problems, MA in Sociology and Social Research provide intellectual and practical tools to navigate its challenges and opportunities.

This course is designed for students who aspire to be change-makers in the world around them. It provides an opportunity to interrogate the scope and scale of contemporary social issues and transformative social changes.

  • Research-enhanced and practice-focused tuition from subject specialists in gender, sexualities, race and ethnicities, social protest, media, and contemporary cultures, disabilities, crime, and criminal justice.
  • Advanced training in social research methods in an active and inclusive community of researchers, some of whom have practitioner experience in their field of expertise.
  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good undergraduate degree, in a social science or humanities related subject, or equivalent international grade/qualification, from a recognised University.

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. We also accept other national equivalents, please talk to our Admissions office for more information.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

On successful completion of this course, you will have knowledge of: 

Employability skills – module content, teaching delivery and modes of assessment will reflect the proposition that students are producers of knowledge obtaining an advanced and distinctive skill-set that can be applied in social contexts including the workplace. For example, the development of social research skills is emphasised through the opportunities students are given to create a digital ethnography, and through the programme’s core research training modules and final research project. Such social research skills - especially when embedded in a decolonised curriculum which does not privilege the research traditions of the Global North - have the benefit of being transferable to a number of national social contexts, both national and international. The course also has a dedicated vocational module with Institute of Leadership Management accreditation and there are multiple opportunities to develop all-important digital fluency – for example, through the production of digital portfolios.

Creativity and enterprise - is an important part of the programme and there will be learning opportunities to develop skills in leadership, strategic thinking, planning and problem-solving. Students will also be encouraged to be resilient in the face of major social problems and rise to their challenge and to develop their communication skills to creatively disseminate knowledge to a variety of audiences. In addition, the course emphasises the importance of co-creation and students are given the opportunity to become stakeholders in course development and delivery. Creativity and enterprise will be modelled by staff who deliver modules and innovate new ways of teaching and learning – for example through hybrid delivery.

Course Details

We’ll explore natural and anthropogenic catastrophic risks such as climate change, pandemics, terrorism and violence, global population growth and economic recession.

The course comprises a suite of eight interconnected modules that explore contemporary social issues in the context of sociological theories and research. The over-arching ethos of the course is that social research is an active process and students on the course are social researchers in training, supported by sociological experts in their fields.

How you'll learn

The course aspires to create a flexible and personalised learning journey which will take advantage of opportunities for hybrid delivery. Teaching and learning methods will include campus based and online lectures, seminars, workshops and one to one supervision on student projects.

There will also be opportunities for experiential learning and for group and collaborative work as well as self-directed study and supervised research. Digital technologies will be used to innovate course delivery such as using immersive learning technologies and virtual teaching spaces.

Year 1

Contemporary Identities and Intimacies
Global Sociology
Real World Theory and Research
Research Practice
Evaluation and Evidence in Policy and Practice
Post-Digital Worlds
Community Engagement
Final Research Project
Transnational Professional Development1

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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