University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Sociology and Global Change

Sociology is focused on the social world of human action. As a discipline, Sociology provides the keys to understanding social change and to systematically and critical assessing claims about causes, consequences and solutions to contemporary social issues. The study of Sociology is therefore a highly relevant general education to all seeking to effect social change, whether in personal life or on a wider scale as activists, managers, practitioners or policy makers. It is also offers a more specialist education to those seeking to pursue social research and routes to PhD programmes. The core elements of the discipline are social theory, capturing the social world in ways that are illuminating and can be matched to the evidence, and social research, purposeful gathering of appropriate evidence about the world. While many of its concepts and tool are shared with other social science disciplines, the breadth of sociology and its links with Geography, History, Psychology, Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Social Policy are an aspect of its depth and strength. The student of sociology attends both to the local and global, present, past and future.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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