Sociology and Social Sciences


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MA Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies) and MA Social Sciences (International Childhood) provide you with a range of perspectives on autism and childhood and children’s rights. You can discover how discourses of autism shape autistic people’s lived experiences or gain a unique international perspective on childhood and children’s rights.

Whichever of these specialist pathways you choose, you will have opportunities to gain practical experience and enhance your employability, such as through work-based learning and an international field trip.

If you’re looking for a shorter course, we also offer a PGCert Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies). This programme, which is ideal as continuing professional development for those working with autistic people, challenges typical notions of autism and applies this theory to the practice environment of autism services.

Alternatively, if you want to focus on a particular aspect of social sciences in depth, our MRes Masters by Research provides the opportunity to do so through a combination of research training and independent study.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies) MA Apply Direct
Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies) PGCert Apply Direct
Social Sciences (International Childhood) MA Apply Direct

You may also be interested in:

Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Masters by Research MRes Apply Direct

Social Sciences in the News


Creative Edge building.The Department of Social Sciences is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary facilities for Social Sciences students.

The building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

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Open Days and Virtual Events

A prospective student reads a printed open day guide as he walks with his parents near the Catalyst building.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, our virtual open day pages offer the chance to discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and find out more about any subjects of interest, including sociology and social sciences, through a series of online activities.

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Chat Online with our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager

If you’re interested in postgraduate study at Edge Hill University, you can chat online with Rachael Buckley, our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager.

Rachael will be online every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm to answer any questions you might have about our postgraduate courses, entry criteria or how to apply.

You are also welcome to get in touch with us via live chat at any other time, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, when our Course Enquiries team will be happy to assist you.

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