Public Sociology

Public sociology is a discipline that speaks to, and for, audiences and communities beyond the parameters of the academic discipline and makes meaningful contributions to ongoing debates around public issues and concerns.

Why QMU?

QMU has a long-standing track record of delivering postgraduate courses in the rea of governance, justice and public management. We are particularly well suited to providing education and research in public sociology at QMU because our vision and values as an institution emphasise the importance of social justice.

Our innovative PgCert Public Sociology is about understanding society and how to bring about change. This course is aimed at sociology graduates who are looking to specialise in public sociology as well as people engaged in community work, social welfare, public engagement or campaigns who would like to learn how sociological theory and research can meaningfully contribute to their work. The course draws on our academics’ extensive work with NGOs, and with humanitarian and community groups, in the UK and overseas. Our course is highly professionally relevant. We use guest speakers, external consultants and experienced professionals alongside research-active academics to ensure our content is context-driven and practice-orientated. Our philosophy as an institution emphasises student support and our relatively small size means that we can develop strong working relationships with all our students.


Our staff are deeply involved in research, ensuring that course content is up to date. You will be taught by active researchers in their own right, some of whom have recently completed their doctoral studies and others who are publishing in mainstream academic journals. Such engagement is key to the relevance of our courses, and helps equip staff and students with the background to make intelligent decisions about their future. You will also have contact with our growing number of PhD students as you progress through your dissertation, and the students who choose further study at master’s or doctoral level are able to develop these interests further.


The PgCert Public Sociology is particularly geared toward supporting work that involves public engagement and understanding society. Graduates will be suitably qualified for a range of careers in the public or third sector or in non-governmental organisations, and the programme is also suitable for Continuing Professional Development for staff in such organisations. Our approach to teaching and learning Our courses are designed to enable students who are full-time professionals to study on a part-time basis. The PgCert Public Sociology, can be studied full-time or part-time.



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