MA Social Change, Environment and Sustainability / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
MA 1/2 years (ft/pt)
Entry requirements

We require a UK 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or another Social Sciences subject. Students with a degree in other Humanities disciplines with demonstrable research skills will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

When assessing your academic record, we consider the grades you have achieved and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Explore the contribution of Sociology to addressing the global environmental crisis, and the challenges of building sustainable societies
  • Engage with theories of social change and research on large-scale social transformations
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to tackle complex problems around social change, the environment and sustainability
  • Join one of the worlds leading universities for Sociology and Sustainability, ranked top 5 for Sociology in the UK (THE 2023) and top in the UK (and second world-wide) for global impact against the UN's sustainable development goals. Our research leads the way and we're ranked in the UK's top three departments for sociology research (REF 2021)

Study MA Social Change, Environment and Sustainability at The University of Manchester

Open days

The University hosts many opportunities for you to find out more about your degree, meet academics, tutors and admissions staff, ask questions, and explore everything that a postgraduate degree at Manchester has to offer.

 You can attend an online information session, meet us at a study fair in the UK or meet us at one of our overseas events. See our meet us page for more information.

You can also look at our Virtual Open Day content to help you learn more about the University.

If you’re interested in visiting our campus in-person or setting up a one-on-one with an advisor or member of academic staff, please contact us on


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £12,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £24,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,250
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £12,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Both home and international students may benefit from scholarships, merit awards, bursaries and loans available at The University of Manchester. For further information on fees and funding, available scholarships and bursaries, as well as their full eligibility criteria, please visit our funding pages .

Contact details

School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Daniel Welch

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The University of Manchester is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS aims to help students succeed in Higher Education by ensuring they receive excellent information and guidance, get high quality education that prepares them for the future and by protecting their interests. More information can be found at the OfS website.

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Manchester, including our Degree Regulations and Complaints Procedure, on our regulations website.