Sociology Of Education MA

This masters degree will:

  • guide you through the latest challenges and debates and the leading theories, concepts and research in the sociology of education
  • explore the wider political, social and cultural contexts of policy and practice in education
  • encourage you to use sociological research to reflect on your current and future roles in education
  • provide you with a grounding for evaluating education practice and for research in a range of public, private and voluntary educational contexts
  • prepare you for doctoral-level research in the field.


This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • study a programme that is unique in the UK and taught by leading British and international contributors
  • be taught through lectures, small seminars and focused discussion groups, making use of film, photography and other cultural sources
  • develop your research and critical scholarly skills and knowledge in a lively and supportive intellectual environment
  • meet other students from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with diverse professional experiences.

Who is this programme for?

Teachers (including newly qualified teachers), community or adult educators, policy analysts, humanities and social science graduates, and others with an interest in the sociology of education.

Entry requirements

A good first degree. If you do not meet this requirement, you may be able to qualify through special procedures.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Mixed mode, including face-to-face Saturday and evening sessions and interactive online learning.


Core modules

Recommended modules