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.



2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £5,200 £12,000
Part-time £2,600 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. 

Government loans of up to £10,690 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

How to apply

Before you begin your application you will need to consult with the relevant academic to help determine a viable research project. Once you have contacted a supervisor, you will need to complete the following application information form.

Once completed, please start your full application online. You will be required to upload your  application information form during the online application.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

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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