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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Waterside Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Our Public Sociology academic team draw on research-driven insights to articulate new and emerging issues, enabling students to use traditional and novel collaborative processes to work with individuals and groups from business, the public sector and civil society to develop new ways of addressing social issues.

Course Details

Our MSc in Public Sociology aligns with the vocation of the sociological discipline which is dynamic and ever changing, with a long history of incorporating new theoretical and empirical insights into its analyses, often with the goal of empowering marginalized public. The MSc in Public Sociology aims to further contribute to revitalise the discipline of sociology, empowering students to become professional practitioners who can contribute to debates not just about what is or what has been in society, but about what society might yet be.

Public Sociology engages with issues that are of significant private, public and political concern and is characterized by the operational aspect of the knowledge it produces. Unlike pure academic knowledge, public sociology tries to steer the debate towards social scientific priorities of social and political reform and accompanying social transformations. In line with the aims of the discipline, our MSc in Public Sociology enables you to have a role in supporting decision making in society.

You will be provided with knowledge and experiences to accompany social action developing from social research, to facilitate individuals, groups and communities to work on social issues that may affect you, and to mediate between different stakeholders to help build collective courses of action. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance key skills in working with academics, private sector researchers, enterprise, volunteer groups, local and national authorities and stakeholders from a range of backgrounds. Students are offered solid skills that not only make a stand out résumé, but also support critical thinking to be successful in a rich variety of careers and further education opportunities. The MSc Public Sociology adds to the mainstream approaches of the discipline a delivery based on critical pedagogy and advanced theories of learning, enabling students to learn-by-doing effective approaches dissemination of sociological knowledge.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,750per year

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University information

University of Northampton

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  • Campus address

    Main Site, The University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    97th out of 102 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    90 45%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%



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