University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Sociology and Social Policy

This course enables students to combine advanced level training in sociology and social policy; there are 3 available pathways: quantitative, qualitative, and substantive. The course teaches students how to formulate research questions in specific research contexts, select and use appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, manipulate and critically evaluate key concepts and issues, and present results in a systematic way.

Entry requirements

1st or Upper 2nd Class degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline; in some circumstances, professional qualifications considered.

Course modules

Modules depend on the chosen pathway and are selected from: design and statistical analysis of surveys; key debates in social policy; philosophy, methodology and research design; project modules 1 and 2 (from a range of options); the mixed economy of welfare delivery; qualitative research methods; understanding modernity; understanding social change; dissertation.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MSc Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 8059 2511