Aston University

Aston University

Sociology and Social Policy

This MA programme equips students with the tools and knowledge to understand how and why social, political and cultural changes manifest themselves, both in the UK and internationally. It offers students a sound training in research methods and equips them with the cutting-edge in theoretical and methodological approaches. The MA is suitable both for those wishing to hone their skills and knowledge to pursue further academic research opportunities, and for those seeking a relevant and rigorous course which prepares them for employment in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

Entry requirements

2.1 Degree in any discipline (or equivalent); applicants whose 1st language is not English are required to provide evidence of an English language qualification

Course modules

Core modules: research methods; social divisions; social theory and social change; dissertation. Optional modules: health-care organisation and policies; public policy, public management and governance; social policy: contemporary themes and challenges; work-placement.

Assessment methods

Students take part in interactive small seminars, presentations and group work. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. Students are allocated a personal tutor to who they can turn for help and advice. Assessment occurs through essays and reports (for example, on the practical application of research methods), and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 5,250 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 5,250 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aston Campus Birmingham B4 7ET West Midlands

Key information

Languages and Social Sciences Admissions
Telephone number: 
0121 204 3762