MA Sociology and Politics
UCAS code: LL32
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Sociology and Politics
Sociology and Politics offers an overview of the key issues, debates and areas of sociology and political science.
You will explore the different social norms, interactions, conflicts and networks that constitute everyday life.
The two disciplines are bound together. Developing your understanding of both fields enables you to understand and address fundamental questions about social life.
We will introduce you to key sociological ideas by studying the relationship between individuals and groups through examples such as:
- social change
- drug use
We also help you develop the key skills you need to study sociology and apply your knowledge to life outside the classroom.
You will study three compulsory courses in politics:
- Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates and Politics
- Politics and International Relations 1B: The Global Dimension
- Political Thinkers (an introduction to political theory)
You will also study one optional course.
You will study how sociologists produce and use theory (Sociology 2a) and research evidence (Sociology 2b).
You will also study Comparative Politics in a Globalised World.
You will then choose three optional courses to study, depending on your programme.
You will study a mix of sociology and politics honours courses.
You will study a mix of sociology and politics courses.
You will also complete a project in one of the disciplines.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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The School of Social and Political Science is in the University's Central Area, close to the University's library and computer facilities.
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In Year 3, you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme or the School's exchange programme with universities in Bremen and Copenhagen.
How will I learn?
We use a combination of:
- tutorials and lectures
- online resources
- class discussions
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed primarily through coursework, including:
- short assignments of various kinds
- take-home papers
In Year 4, you will complete an individual research project.
Sociology and politics graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in areas such as:
- the private sector
- the voluntary sector
- local or central government
- the media or journalism
- 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: AAAB by end of S5 or AAAA by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAA.
- IB: 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.
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.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
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
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)
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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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