Inequality and Society at University of Sunderland - UCAS

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Course summary

Why does inequality exist and what can we do about it? In this theoretical and research-based course, you'll examine the major causes of inequalities in our world. You'll explore the nature of intersectionality, including how factors such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and others come together and how certain groups face unique forms of disadvantage. You'll develop as a researcher and work out strategies that can be used to change the unequal world in which we live in order to help to achieve equity and social justice. Take advantage of a broad range of optional modules which explore the nature of inequality further, examining topics such as: gender, activism and social justice, mental and physical health, sexualities and gender identities, media exclusions, childhood inequalities and socio-economic inequalities. We are proud of our ‘internationalising of the curriculum’ approach where topics explored will be from national to global in their outlook. Our modules have been aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You'll have opportunities to develop your own employability skills and depending on your chosen modules, to learn skills such as conference speaking, using social research software such as Nvivo and SPSS, writing a report for global bodies such as the United Nations, writing a campaign strategy for an activist movement and developing electronic resources such as blogs, podcasts and YouTube clips.


Please see our website for further information on the modules offered.

Assessment method

Full-time This route is over one year from October to September. The course will typically be taught one afternoon (1-4pm) and one evening (5-8pm) per week on a Tuesday, to fit around work and childcare commitments. There will also be two mandatory ‘dissertation days’ to prepare you for your dissertation research which will typically be a full day over two Saturdays between October and September. Study Skills sessions are ran regularly in semester one to support your academic work and will be on a Tuesday between 4-5pm. They will offer online and physical workshops on topics such as, understanding academic language, interpreting statistics, constructing an argument and critical thinking and wiring. This will help to smooth your transition to masters level study. art-time This route is over two years. A typical layout will be one core module in semester one and one optional module in semester two, over your first year of study (this will be on a Tuesday afternoon/evening as stated above). In your second year, you will complete a further core module and an optional module. You will also complete your dissertation module over the course of your second year; this will be taught on two Saturdays between October and September. Other commitments There is a mandatory ‘Employability Conference’ which is held once a year and you must also take part in an ‘MSc Inequality and Society Dissertation Conference’ toward the end of your programme. We would also encourage students to attend other voluntary training courses and opportunities that fall on other days, but most of these will be given to you at the start of the course so you can plan around it. A typical week for you, whether full-time or part-time, will include interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, group and individual work, and computer-based learning. Throughout the course, you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff, and you'll also be assigned a tutor to offer you pastoral support. Your progress will be assessed with written coursework and essays, reports, research projects, presentations (subject to module choices).

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least an upper-second class honours degree (usually a 2:1 or above) or equivalent. Experience may be counted towards your application. Those with a 2:2 are however invited to apply, all applications will be considered by the Programme Leader. We welcome graduates from all discipline areas such as social sciences, psychology, business, law, education, humanities, health, arts, technology and the sciences. Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in all four areas.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Inequality and Society at University of Sunderland - UCAS