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The University of Edinburgh: Digital Sociology

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Science
Study type Taught


UK's top ranked sociology department

Our sociology department is the UK’s top-ranked department for sociological research.

What will I learn?

This programme will provide you with a rigorous introduction to sociological research in the digital age.

The programme combines training in "traditional approaches" to sociology with new theory and methods for understanding the digital world. We will study, for example, foundational questions in inequality, demography, and labour research with an emphasis on how the digital transformation has shifted our understandings.

On this programme, you may take up the following specialised topics, including (but not limited to):

  • work and labour

  • inequality

  • mobility

  • relationships

  • government and law

  • technology

We will be launching in the 2024/25 academic year a dedicated cluster of courses in Social Data Science for the MSc in Digital Sociology.

Students taking these courses will be able to undergo specialised training in core analytical skills within the field of social data science (including natural language processing, and network analysis).

In combination with other core courses in Digital Sociology, this will equip students with the core analytical and programming skills required for evaluating and conducting data science for the social sciences.

How will I learn?

The degree combines lectures and seminar teaching on specific topics with individual research supervision by leading researchers in the emerging field of digital sociology.

Who is this programme for?

While this programme will be primarily suitable for those with a background in the social sciences, the MSc is intended for anyone who wants to undertake specialised training in sociological approaches for understanding the digital world.


Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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