Social and Applied Sciences

MSc by Research in Sociology

Sociology asks challenging questions about the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. It invites you to reflect critically on how your own activities, relationships, beliefs and identity are shaped by the society in which you live and how you, in turn, produce and change the social world.

The MSc by Research in Sociology builds on this capacity and imagination by aiming to develop researchers who can: demonstrate sophisticated theoretical understanding; utilise a range of skills and methods; practise and develop their own research capabilities; disseminate their research findings in a meaningful way.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Programme structure


The MSc by Research draws students from a number of disciplines. The taught modules explore those philosophical, epistemological and methodological questions that are common to all research and allow for interdisciplinary discussion, exchange and insight. After these taught modules, students will then undertake an individual research project that will take the form of a dissertation or other research output agreed with their supervisor (e.g. two journal articles).


Full-time students will have 8 months to complete their research, while part-time students will have 20 months to complete. Upon successful completion of the Research Project students will be awarded an MSc by Research in their subject area.

Key features of the programme

As an accessible and friendly team, we place our students at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to enabling you to achieve your full potential. Our teaching is nationally recognised for its quality and innovation. Our research is steeped in sociology’s key areas of inquiry, from health and illness to families and relationships, and current social movements. Additionally our work covers contemporary forms of social change relating to, migration and human trafficking, youth and popular culture

Research areas

We will consider proposals from any generic topic area within sociology but particularly welcome applications in the sociology of: health; education; family; migration; sexuality; ethnicity; protest movements; community regeneration; generations; employment.


How to apply

You can find out more information about our research areas and apply from the course list.

About research in Sociology

Members of our Sociology department are currently engaged in a range of exciting research projects. These include: the meaning of marriage and weddings in people's lives, racialised discourses on health and illness, the professionalisation of complementary and alternative medicine, mental illness in undergraduate students, the protest movements around fracking, domestic violence in Kent, community regeneration and asset mapping in Margate, the effects of austerity, the baby boomer generation.  


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