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Postgraduate Admissions

This pathway is designed to give students an advanced understanding of major themes and debates in the sociology of reproduction and new reproductive technologies. Two core modules introduce key concepts and approaches to the sociology of reproduction and core methodologies in this field. Other substantive modules can be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor or the course director. There are three elements to the pathway:

1. A core course of eight two-hour sessions covering some of the major theoretical contributions to the study of the Sociology of Reproduction and some key substantive topics. Both core and substantive topics vary from year to year depending on academic members of the staff availability.

2. All students will receive training in research methods and take a course on research methods which includes sessions on philosophical issues in the social sciences; research design; data collection and analysis in relation to quantitative and qualitative methods; reflection on research ethics and practice; library and computer skills.  Students will also have the opportunity to take courses and attend lectures on many other aspects of the research method and design and will select these courses in discussion with their supervisor. 

3. All students will write a dissertation on a topic of their choice that allows for theoretically informed empirical analysis of some aspect of Sociology of Reproduction. The choice of dissertation topic is made in consultation with your supervisor, who can advise you on the suitability and feasibility of your proposed research and on research design. A dissertation workshop provides the opportunity to present aspects of your dissertation work and to receive constructive feedback from course teachers and fellow students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme students should have:

  • an advanced understanding of current sociological research on selected topics;
  • the skills necessary to conduct independent social research and experience in their use;
  • an ability to apply and develop a social theory with respect to empirical topics;
  • a deeper understanding of their chosen specialist area, including command of the literature and current research; and
  • the ability to situate their own research within current developments in the field.

Continuing

MPhil students who would like to continue to the PhD would normally need to have a final mark of at least 70 percent overall and 70 percent for the dissertation.


Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Sociology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
April 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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