Postgraduate study in Sociology

In Sociology you will be involved with people passionate about sociological inquiry. The 2017 QS World University Rankings placed us in the top 50 in sociology in the world. Our teaching and supervision reflects our vibrant research culture.

A good number of our graduates have progressed to PhD research, often winning competitive scholarships. Many of our postgraduate students are involved with undergraduate teaching, thereby developing a mastery of sociology as a discipline as well as gaining teaching experience.

Postgraduate study opportunities in Sociology

Postgraduate study in Sociology allows you to advance your knowledge of sociological literature, theories and methods, while you develop your own research interests.

Study and research opportunities reflect our staff's research strengths: social policy, family, gender, ethnicity, health, the history of modernity, development and poverty, genocide and death, tourism, religion, migration, law, capitalism and neoliberalism.

Postgraduate careers

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Sociology have been valued for their research skills, their ability to critique existing understandings and provide innovative ways to think about social contexts, business and market environments, political and social movements.

Our graduates have careers in business, local and national government, social welfare, media and journalism, social and health research, marketing, policy analysis, town planning, law enforcement and education.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Sociology. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Sociology with an average grade of B or higher. There are higher requirements for some research options.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Sociology. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Sociology, contact an Adviser.