Sociology MA(SocSci)/MA

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Sociology studies the ways that people organise their lives together, the constraints within which they do so, the patterns of their social behaviour, and the causes and consequences of social inequalities.

One of the distinctive features of our Sociology programme, commended by external examiners and by our graduates, is the combination of sociological, criminological and anthropological perspectives which we provide.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Sociology MA(SocSci) (Hons): L300 4 year degree
  • Sociology with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): LG33 4 year degree

Programme structure

Year 1

You will be introduced to the discipline of sociology and to the key concepts, theories and methods sociologists use to understand the nature of contemporary societies and processes of social change. 

Through studying classic and contemporary examples of sociological research from a range of different societies, you will explore what it means to think sociologically, anthropologically and criminologically about class, identities, inequalities, everyday life, crime, media, globalisation and development.

Year 2

You will deepen your understanding of inequalities, social identities and social change in a global context, by examining a range of examples drawn from sociology, anthropology and criminology, and from a range of societies across the world.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will choose from a wide range of course options such as: 

  • Black radical social thought
  • Class and the making of modern Britain
  • Consumption
  • Drugs and culture
  • Gender
  • Global migrations
  • Media
  • Punishment and society
  • Sexualities
  • Sociological alternatives
  • Sociology of racism
  • Understanding and explaining crime
  • Youth, gangs and globalisation.

You will also receive dedicated training in social research methods so that you can design, conduct and report on an original piece of social research of your own, supported by an academic supervisor.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Special Glasgow feature

Glasgow Q-Step Degrees

The University of Glasgow's Q-Step Centre offers programmes which develop your quantitative skills, or in other words, your ability to handle data and use numerical evidence.

Developing quantitative skills and your confidence in using them, will really enhance your insight and understanding of the key issues you encounter in your chosen field of study.

The University of Glasgow Q-Step Centre offers five degree programmes that integrate quantitative skills training within the School of Social and Political Sciences. All of these programmes aim to engage you with meaningful ways of understanding the social world.

We will teach you how to understand and analyse quantitative results, as well as how to present your own, and how to discuss their substantive implications. These are essential skills for understanding quantitative evidence presented in academic literature, but also for interrogating data in public media and government reports.

Around one quarter of your study time will be devoted to quantitative methods. And our degrees also offer you the possibility to gain valuable experience by participating in internships with selected high-profile employers.

MA (SocSci) Sociology with Quantitative Methods

Sociology studies the ways that people organise their lives together, the constraints within which they do so, the patterns of their social behaviour, and the causes and consequences of social inequalities. Sociology at Glasgow combines sociological, criminological and anthropological perspectives.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Sociology

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAB (AABB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English or Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: Higher English or Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level English or Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English or Humanities subject. 

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

This degree will prepare you for employment in a number of fields that require a sophisticated, critical and questioning understanding of the workings of society. Our graduates are now employed in the media, city councils, development agencies, market research, data analysis, charities, activist contexts and housing and education.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA(SocSci) (Hons)

Sociology: L300 (4 years)
Sociology with Quantitative Methods: LG33 (4 years)
Sociology/Business & Management: LN62 (4 years)
Sociology/Business Economics: LLP1 (4 years)
Sociology/Central & East European Studies: RL83 (4 years)
Sociology/Classics: QL83 (4 years)
Sociology/Economic & Social History: LV33 (4 years)
Sociology/Economics: LL61 (4 years)
Sociology/Geography: LL37 (4 years)
Sociology/History: LV31 (4 years)
Sociology/International Relations: L251 (4 years)
Sociology/Philosophy: LVH5 (4 years)
Sociology/Politics: LL62 (4 years)
Sociology/Psychology: LC38 (4 years)
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Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
Sociology/Social & Public Policy: LL64 (4 years)

MA (Hons)

Sociology/Classics: LQ83 (4 years)
Sociology/Digital Media & Information Studies: GL56 (4 years)
Sociology/English Language & Linguistics: LQ63 (4 years)
Sociology/English Literature: LQ3H (4 years)
Sociology/Film & Television Studies: LW36 (4 years)
Sociology/French: LR6C (5 years)
Sociology/German: LR6F (5 years)
Sociology/History: LV61 (4 years)
Sociology/History of Art: LV6H (4 years)
Sociology/Philosophy: LV65 (4 years)
Sociology/Russian: LR37 (5 years)
Sociology/Scottish History: LVP1 (4 years)
Sociology/Scottish Literature: LQ32 (4 years)
Sociology/Spanish: RL46 (5 years)
Sociology/Theatre Studies: LW34 (4 years)
Sociology/Theology & Religious Studies: LV66 (4 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply


Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

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