Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast


This programme provides advanced training in sociological analysis and practice by introducing students to cutting-edge social theories and research methods. There is an emphasis upon how theories and methods can be applied to develop our understanding of contemporary issues.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in one of the Social Sciences. A supporting reference may be required. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Theory and debates in social research; approaches to social research; the sources and construction of qualitative data; the sources and construction of quantitative data; qualitative data analysis; quantitative data analysis: foundational; dissertation; conflict and change in northern Ireland: new sociological research; social research in a divided city; researching religious transformations; social constructionism and social research; researching emotions and social life; researching environmental issues; quantitative data analysis: intermediate; advanced quantitative research methods; longitudinal analysis; advanced qualitative research methods; social science research online; new visual research methods; qualitative research in childhood and youth.

Assessment methods

An overall mark of 50 per cent is required to pass each module. PG Diploma students must obtain 120 credits at Masters level.To be awarded a Masters degree, students must obtain a further 60 credits via the completion of a dissertation. Note: CATS = Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme points. 120 CATS points are needed for a Diploma degree and 180 CATS points for a Master degree. CATS points are also used to assess the amount of fees that will be charged.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

Postgraduate Office, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Telephone number: 
028 9097 5117