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Sociology and Social Policy (MSc)

University of Southampton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Explore how society works and discover the causes of social inequality on this MSc Sociology and Social Policy master's course. Here at the University of Southampton, you'll learn about issues such as globalisation, gender and class, and understand how they relate to social policy concepts. These include health, social risk and the welfare state. We offer 3 different pathways on this course, allowing you to fit your studies to your interests or career plans.

On this UK master’s course you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of:

  • the main themes and debates in sociology and how to use them to analyse social issues
  • the main issues in the philosophy of social science
  • conceptual debates in social policy
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods, and data analysis techniques
  • designing and conducting independent research in sociology or social policy

When you apply for this course, we’ll ask you to choose one of the 3 following pathways to reflect your personal interests or career plans. There is some module variation between pathways, but you’ll gain the same overview of key topics whichever pathway you choose.

Substantive pathway: This focuses on the key concepts of sociology and social policy, and how these relate to contemporary policy issues.
International social policy pathway: This focuses on understanding global social inequality, policy responses, and governance.
Research methods pathway: This focuses on quantitative and qualitative research methods.


With this degree you’ll be in an ideal position to start a career in social research, public administration or public policy in the public, private or voluntary sector.

You’ll also be well placed to continue your studies at PhD level.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    21st out of 72 3

    26th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    149 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.21 84%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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