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  • Entry requirements
    a good honours degree in a social science discipline.
  • Course description

    If you want to explore the sociology of 'race'...
    • And the challenges of inequality...

    If you want to examine migration...
    • And how migration reinforces racial and gendered inequalities...

    If you want a sophisticated understanding of ethnicity...
    • And examine the various conceptual and theoretical debates...

    ...then MA Racism and Ethnicity Studies is the programme for you.

    MA Racism and Ethnicity Studies at Leeds gives you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, issues and debates applicable to racism, ethnicity, gender and inequality.

    You will proactively formulate hypotheses, and develop, implement and execute plans to test your ideas.

    The course encourages you to critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship within the field of racism and ethnicity studies.

    MA in Racism and Ethnicity Studies is available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: three compulsory, two elective.

    Compulsory Modules
    Advanced Ethnicity and Racism Studies will give you the tools to explore conceptual and theoretical debates within the sociology of 'race', and examine their implications for understanding and challenging problems of racism and racial inequality. Through this module, you will investigate the history of racism and ethnic minority settlement, the politicisation of race and the relevant legislation, race issues and the welfare state, and citizenship in a European context.

    Race, Gender and Migration will introduce you to a primary cause and product of migration: race and gender inequality. Looking at the historical roots of migration and the impact on the development of identities, you will utilise contemporary theories to investigate how the structures underpinning migration reinforce inequalities. To highlight these issues, you will examine contemporary debates about domestic workers, trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers, and also explore EU immigration policy to ascertain why it is difficult for certain nationalities and ethnic groups to reach and stay in Western European countries. 

    Racism and Ethnicity Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the department's MA/PhD supervisory panel. Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader Racism and Ethnicity debates and concerns.

    Elective Modules
    In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose two modules from the following list.
    • Fundamental Issues in Social Research
    • Research Strategy and Design
    • Advanced Sociological Theory
    • Quantitative Research Methods
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Issues in Social Policy Analysis and Research
    • Sociology of Health and Illness
    • Debates on Disability Theory and Research
    • Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People
    • Disability and Development
    • Evaluation Research

    For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue .

    Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.

    Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.

    Postgraduate Diploma in Racism and Ethnicity Studies
    Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Racism and Ethnicity Studies covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module. On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA. 

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