Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

MA Sociology and Social Anthropology

UCAS code: LL36

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Social and Political Science

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Sociology and Social Anthropology

This popular joint degree programme offers you a grounding in Sociology and Social Anthropology. The two subjects complement and enrich each other, offering insights into culture, identity, social change and the institutions that make up everyday life.

Year 1

You will study compulsory sociology and anthropology modules which investigate why people act as they do.

These modules will also introduce you to key sociological and anthropological ideas by studying the relationship between individuals and groups, and offering insights in digital lives, race and ethnicity and power.

Alongside core courses, you can choose a further two options.

Year 2

You will study how sociologists produce and use theory and research evidence. You will also study classic and contemporary ethnography and key concepts in social anthropology. You will then take a further two optional courses.

Year 3

You will learn practical research skills, carry out a group research project, and study social theory. Option courses cover many areas including environment and risk, kinship, ritual and religion, globalisation, nationalism, the internet, and youth culture.

Year 4

In Year 4 you will take more option courses and complete an individual research project in one or other discipline supported by a member of teaching staff. There are opportunities to present your research findings to your peers.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

The School of Social and Political Science is in the University's Central Area with easy access to the University's library and computer facilities.

Study abroad

In Year 3 you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme, or the School's exchange programme with universities including Bremen and Copenhagen.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

We use a combination of tutorials and lectures, online resources, class discussions and presentations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed primarily through coursework including essays and short assignments of various kinds, take-home papers and in Year 4 you will complete an individual research project.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

Graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in the private sector, voluntary sector, local or central government, the media or journalism, or use their practical and research skills to work in social or market research.

Many graduates go on to postgraduate study and an academic career or teaching.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AAAB. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 43 points with 776 at HL - 37 points with 666 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four componens.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Sociology and Social Anthropology

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding