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MA Sociology

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Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest issues in sociology. Hone your research skills and develop expertise for a career in social policy, public service and more.

Mirna Guha

Dr Mirna Guha

“I don't restrict myself to a particular discipline. I call myself a political sociologist, but I am an interdisciplinary scholar. I believe in the power of the arts and the media in making social change, and I always try and draw on this as much as possible within my work.”

Dr Mirna Guha

Course Leader, MA Sociology

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Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Our MA Sociology will help deepen your knowledge of the theoretical and substantive aspects of contemporary sociology.

You’ll become skilled in the principles and application of social research methodology as you examine key debates and issues such as progress and reason, genetic structuralism and the role of modernity.

Study in Cambridge, where you’ll be supported by our research-active staff, whose interests reflect the latest developments in sociology.

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Hands-on learning

All our MA Sociology students have the opportunity to:

  • contribute to our research seminar series, symposia and conferences
  • network with sociology practitioners
  • choose from a range of optional modules and pursue your own areas of interest.
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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.
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Our MA Sociology will prepare you for work in many fields, including human resources, social policy, social work, educational development, community development, counselling, local government, the civil service, public services and charities.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Sociology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

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