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    Hi, I'm studying social psychology in my 1st year at Kent uni. I got very high A grades in my A levels in psych, sociology, and philosophy. I enjoy my degree but am especially interested in sociology of religion, or perhaps even anthropology of religion. Is it possible to do a masters or some other kind of postgrad course in the sociology of religion when your UG degree is in social psych instead of sociology? Does anyone know about this stuff???

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    It might well be possible although it will depend on the course content and whether your social psych degree has given you an adequate grounding: I'm afraid I don't know how big the overlap between social psych and sociology is, but at least there is an overlap! You have nothing to lose by firing off a few emails to admissions offices with a preliminary enquiry. Another thing you can do is ferret out syllabus details and reading lists (often available via university websites) to give you a better idea of what will be covered and allow you to follow up your interest by doing some preliminary reading and/or - if possible - selecting undergrad options that cater to that interest.

    Good luck
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    Looking at the entry requirements on the postgrad sections of university websites might be a good start.
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    Entry requirements are often rather vague though, along the lines of "a good first degree in a relevant subject".

    This course at Birkbeck looks promising: it's offered by the department of psychosocial studies.
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    Email some people and ask.
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    From what I gather, Sociology masters courses do NOT always require a Sociology undergraduate degree. I think you won't have a problem at all. There is a lot of overlap in terms of transferable skills between Psychology and Sociology, particularly in the understanding and evaluation of different research methods - even if practitioners of these disciplines choose to use different methods.

    I know the University of Oxford MSc Sociology was advertised on a poster in the History Faculty at my university. It would probably not have been sent to the Faculty had the course not been available for these students to apply. And obviously History is a different discipline to Sociology. So you can take from this that not all Sociology masters courses require a directly relevant undergraduate degree subject.
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    ah thanks guys, i'm sorry i didn't realise i had any responses to this!

    Yeah, I emailed our careers advice department and they seem to think as Tony ron and others have said that this wouldn't be a problem. Apparently i just need a relevant degree, and that psychology counts as relevant. In fact the main lecturer in sociology here at Kent has his UG in psych, and studied a masters in socio after that. I need to start looking into where i want to go now. I don't suppose anyone knows any unis that specialise in sociology of religion? I've been looking online it's not that easy to search for.
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    (Original post by flugestuge)
    Yes, it is possible.
    However, I hope that you are independently wealthy.
    Employment prospects are not great afterwards.
    As usual, the amount you know about this issue is in minus figures :facepalm: I'm a Sociology student and I have a very wide range of options after graduate and a much clearer idea of what I'm going to do than most students I know.

    (Original post by Rainbow_Magpie)
    ah thanks guys, i'm sorry i didn't realise i had any responses to this!

    Yeah, I emailed our careers advice department and they seem to think as Tony ron and others have said that this wouldn't be a problem. Apparently i just need a relevant degree, and that psychology counts as relevant. In fact the main lecturer in sociology here at Kent has his UG in psych, and studied a masters in socio after that. I need to start looking into where i want to go now. I don't suppose anyone knows any unis that specialise in sociology of religion? I've been looking online it's not that easy to search for.
    You could always change course at Kent if you're in your first year. But it isn't necessary.

    Sociology masters courses are not going to 'specialise' in sociology of religion. A very large number of them are going to have this as one of the modules they teach during the course. You could narrow down departments by downloading the RAE 2008 tables which tell you what different departments were awarded for research excellence. From there you go onto their websites and compare their courses until you find a few you like. Once you've factored in details like which cities you'd prefer to study in, it should be quite easy to find a few options. Bristol and Cambridge both teach the sociology of religion - I know because I'm applying to both, but I haven't really looked out for that area while I was searching courses.

    As others say you really just need to email Universities once you've found a few courses that suit your interests. And I can assure you that its alot quicker to just follow my suggestions than wait for random people on the internet to suggest places. Its not very reliable.
 
 
 
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