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Sociology Rated Among Top Research Departments in the UK

Publication of the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise has confirmed the status of Sociology as one of the leading research departments in the field.

With more than half of the research work done in the Department judged by a panel of experts to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and all of its work meeting national standards of excellence, the department was ranked joint sixth in the UK and one of the two top departments for sociology in Scotland. The panel noted not only significant evidence of world-leading quality in relation to its research outputs but also evidence of a research training environment of quality.

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Sociology Excels in Student Satisfaction Ratings

Based on a number of criteria, such as entry standards, graduate prospects and research quality, Aberdeen was ranked 17 out of 92 Sociology departments in the UK in Complete University Guide 2013 and has consistently achieved high student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey (NSS).

In 2012, the NSS ranked Aberdeen Sociology with a high student satisfaction rating of 87%.

Studentships for Postgraduate Programmes

Funding awards for taught and research masters programmes

We are pleased to announce that a number of the Department's postgraduate training programmes have been recognised under the Postgraduate Student Allowances Scheme (SAAS/PSAS).

Under this scheme, the Scottish Government provides interest free loans to cover the cost of tuition fees (£3,400 per annum). EU students are eligible to apply.

In 2013-2014, the PSAS scheme supports the MSc in European Politics & Society and the MRes in Social Research.

Support for the MRes can be full- (12 months) or part-time (24 months).

Those who wish to be considered for the scheme must contact our postgraduate secretary in the first instance at

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