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Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate taught programmes (MSc)

We welcome applications from students with a first- or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (such as sociology, anthropology, social policy, social administration or criminology).

Postgraduate research programmes (PhD)

We welcome applications from students holding, or expecting to hold, a masters degree in a relevant subject (such as sociology, anthropology, social policy, social administration or criminology) or those with equivalent experience or qualifications. A good honours degree will also be considered.

Research training
If you do not have an ESRC-recognised research training masters degree, you will need to complete appropriate research training. This involves taking relevant modules from our MSc programmes. In some cases, the research training will be supplemented by taking training modules from other disciplines in Economic, Social and Political Sciences. Relevant modules include:

English language requirements

If your first language or language of education is not English, we will ask you to show evidence of fluency in the use of English. For all of our postgraduate programmes we require a level of IELTS 6.5. For details of other English language tests which we accept, please see the International students section of our website where you will find a list of approved tests.

If you require further English language tuition before commencing your programme with us, you may apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses which are run by the Centre for Language Study.

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