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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Course Summary

The MA Sociology course at NTU has a distinctive and specialist focus on Public Sociology. This is a course that enables you to link theory, research and practice, develop in-depth knowledge and insights as well as build your expertise as Public Sociologist through public engagement activities, projects, creative assessments and the dissertation. The course embodies not only the pursuit of understanding, critique and argument essential to advanced sociology, but also a call to action. Through a course design that emphasises the continuous interplay between theory and practice, you will develop both your in-depth knowledge and your practical skills in being a Public Sociologist. Throughout the course you'll explore historical and contemporary issues and debates with a focus on social inequalities and social issues and develop an understanding of a range of global issues. Key issues addressed in the course include human rights, migration, and community engagement. You'll also become part of a lively and creative research culture with staff who have specialist interests in the study of disaster, race, gender and social class.

Careers and employability

It is envisaged that you might be entering the course because at a later date you'll seek employment within the fields of community development, charity and voluntary sectors, social entrepreneurship, or public service. You'll also be well placed to pursue careers and training in a wide variety of professions such as, politics or public administration. You may consider progressing on to a MPhil / PhD program to continue the intellectual curiosity and imagination the MA will have fostered. As an MA Sociology graduate you will have had the opportunity to reflect on the subject and the transferable skills that you develop during the course. These include expertise in writing complex yet concise analytical pieces, developing and implementing a research project, and the ability to present in-depth ideas. You will also have been helped and encouraged to articulate those skills in relation to the pursuit of your career development plans. The course further develops and enhances the qualities and skills desired by prospective employers operating in the ‘third sector’, as well as the academy. Above all, these include independent critical thought, analysis and evaluation, partnership working and organisational skills, and self-directed learning. Furthermore, this course offers the opportunity to develop the following skills: communication, time-management, team-working, and IT and modern technologies.

Different course options

Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module explores a number of different contemporary topics of social significance. It does so through a selection of guest lectures and / or self-contained, focused engagements in public sociology drawn from the research areas of current academic staff. The specific module topics will reflect cutting edge issues in research and practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (normally a 2.2 or above). Students without formal qualifications will be considered but will be required to outline their motivation for study in their personal statement as well as demonstrate an ability to study at postgraduate level.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. NTU’s teaching was rated Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught...more

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