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MPhil in Sociology

The MPhil in Sociology (course code HUSCM2) offers a world-class programme of postgraduate study. The course provides high-quality students, who already have a degree in a social science, with an in-depth knowledge of the key dimensions of sociology.

The overall aim of the Sociology MPhil is to provide you with an opportunity to study recent social change at an advanced level. It will enable you to combine your knowledge with an understanding of theory and research methods. This course will prepare you for research at doctoral level or its equivalent in other professional contexts.

The MPhil is organised into four different pathways to allow you the opportunity to study selected sociological subjects in depth.

The pathways are:


What’s in it for you?

  • It offers you the opportunity to develop your analytic and writing abilities to your full potential
  • By maintaining a close relationship between teaching and research you will receive an education which reflects developments in your chosen discipline
  • You will develop your ability to use diverse sources of information with efficiency and speed appropriate to your particular level of study
  • The course will help you develop analytical abilities and writing skills which will enable you to make a significant contribution to your chosen career.

On completion of the course you will have:

  • An advanced understanding of current research in specific areas
  • Independent research skills and experience of putting them into practice
  • An ability to apply modern social theories to substantive research topics.

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MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society

The Department of Sociology, together with History and Philosophy of Science and Social Anthropology, now offers a new MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society from October 2017. This is administered by History and Philosophy of Science. Please contact the  for enquiries. 

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A World Leader

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for teaching and research in Sociology, consistently ranked first in UK league tables by The Guardian, The Times, and the Independent.

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Dr Mónica Moreno-Figueroa, Pilkington Teaching Prize Winner 2017 and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, explains why it is important to study Sociology and how she helps her students to engage with the course at Cambridge.

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