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MSc in Sociology and Global Change

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The application deadline for this programme is 14th July 2017. Applications are now open for 2017/18.

New UK/EU Master's Scholarships for MSc in Sociology and Global Change

Master's Scholarships are available for the 2017-2018 academic session at the University of Edinburgh.

UK and EU students who have already applied for the MSc Sociology and Global Change  starting in 2017-2018 can apply for this scholarship, and must receive an offer of a place by 14th July in order to be considered. Each scholarship will have a value of £10,000. These awards will be tenable for one academic year and will automatically be deducted from your tuition fee with any remaining funds being awarded towards living costs following confirmation of your enrolment. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent.

You can find out more information here

MSc Sociology Global Change flyer 2016/17

Work-Based Project Dissertations

The MSc in Sociology and Global Change Programme will offer the possibility of undertaking 8-week work-based projects with local, national and international organizations, as part of the MSc dissertation project research. The work-based dissertations offer a unique opportunity to partner with organisations worldwide as part of the MSc dissertation. They enabling students to apply academic training to real-world problems, and placements feature eight weeks of on-location research with a host organisation. Our extensive network of partners includes NGOs, charities, social enterprise, think-tanks and government bodies, ensuring a rewarding student experience. More information can be found here.

Sociology and Global Change Bursaries

For 2017-18 up to five bursaries of £500 each will be awarded to incoming students to the MSc in Sociology and Global Change on the basis of academic merit. All applicants to the programme by 14 July 2017  will automatically be considered.

A Message from the Directors

This intensive one-year programme gives you the opportunity to study with leading specialists in the field. Based at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the degree offers a Masters Degree, including a supervised dissertation project over the summer on a topic of particular interest to you.

Our areas of expertise are information communication technologies and development; refugees and displacement; environment and sustainable development; the sociology of globalization; gender, family, intimacy and the sociology of emotions; social network analysis and the network society; global migration and urbanization; race and ethnicity; China; Big Data; social studies of finance; and digital cultures.

The MSc in Sociology and Global Change is highly customizable, so you can choose from a suite of courses in these areas, within Sociology, across the School of Social and Political Science and more widely across the University.

We welcome students from all backgrounds and subject areas. At Edinburgh you will be joining a community of internationally recognised and world leading experts in one of the world’s great cities. The global reach of our academic research, from the US to Europe, Africa & South Asia, makes Sociology at Edinburgh truly unique and international. The University of Edinburgh is a world class institution, ranked 19th in the world and 7th in Europe by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Edinburgh Sociology is also host to a vibrant intellectual and postgraduate student life. There are regular seminars with international scholars, and postgraduates present their work at an annual conference, New Directions in Sociology, in addition to our bi-annual Global Ethnographies showcase of the Programme students' and other PG student research (see below). And a new Edinburgh University-based NGO called LIVED, is open to participation from new students in the MSc Programme.

Please explore these pages, and get in touch if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dr. Gil Viry, Programme Director

 gil.viry@ed.ac.uk, Tel: 00 44+ (0)131 651 5768, Twitter: @gil_viry

Dr. Angelica Thumala, Programme Director

Angelica.Thumala@ed.ac.uk, Tel: 00 44+ (0)131 650 6631

Sociology and Global Change Projects

LIVED, a University of Edinburgh-based NGO on refugee children and displacement

LIVED

This Sociology and Global Change- inspired project seeks to shed an ethnographic light on, and work to improve, the lived experiences of school-aged refugee children across the globe. Four projects are currently underway: 'Lived Za'atari', involving Syrian children in the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan; 'Lived Scotland', involving refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland; 'Lived Bogota', involving displaced and local underprivileged youth living in Soacha, a suburb of Bogota, Colombia; and 'Lived Beirut', involving creative workshops (rap/hip hop, mural painting/grafitti, and photography/documentary filmmaking) with displaced and at-risk local urban youth in Beirut, Lebanon.

The goal of LIVED's initiatives are to ethnographically capture the stories of school children living in  forced displacement globally in a way that is meaningful and that resonates, both for those living in displacement and for those outside looking in, hoping to make a difference, and to provide creative workshops enabling displaced and local at-risk youth to articulate their own needs and experiences while gaining hard/soft educational skills.  LIVED's first documentary on Za'atari, Learning to Swim, was released through public screenings and film festivals, and it won a Special Prize Award at the Saratov Suffering Film Festival.

LIVED's work has been supported by the University of Edinburgh Sociology / School of Social and Political Science, the United Nations Association Edinburgh, United Nations Scotland, UNHCR, British Academy / Leverhulme, and it is partnering with a variety of organizations and creative communities. You can find more on this evolving project here: www.livedprojects.org, and you can follow LIVED on twitter, @LIVEDprojects.

Semi-annual 'Global Ethnographies' showcases

The MSc Sociology and Global Change also hosts a week-long exhibition series entitled Global Ethnographies every February and October. Each year, two selected graduated students from the MSc programme are asked to showcase their dissertation project work for a week in the form of exhibits, film, visuals and texts, and this is accompanied by a related series of panel discussions. These excellent examples of global ethnography are designed to allow a visual glimpse into parts of the world that may not be familiar, and to enable discussion and reflection on wider global processes through the lens of specific social locations.

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