The Social Sciences / Sociology


Degree awarded:
  • ER&HRM
  • M.I.P.R
  • M.Phil
  • M.Phil/Ph.D
  • M.Phil/Ph.D Public Policy
  • M.Sc
  • M.SP. Social Policy
  • MPDI
  • MRPP
  • Ph.D
  • Ph.D Public Policy
  • Master in Industrial and Personnel Relations
  • Master in Project Development and Implementation (MPDI)
  • Master of Science in Sociology (Criminology and Penology)
  • Master of Science in Sociology (Industrial Sociology)
  • Master of Science in Sociology (Sociology of Development)
  • Master of Science in Sociology (Medical Sociology)
  • Master of Science in Sociology (Demography and Population Studies)
  • Master of Research and Public Policy (Public Policy)
Field of interest:
  • Criminology
  • Criminology and Penocology
  • Criminology and Penology
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Deviant behaviour and Social Problems
  • Employment Relations and Human Resources Management
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Industrial and Labour Relations
  • Industrial Sociology
  • Medical Sociology
  • Medical Sociology /Anthropology
  • Medical Sociology/Anthropology
  • Not Applicable
  • Political Sociology
  • Public Policy
  • Rural Sociology
  • Social Administration
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Policy
  • Social Stratification and Mobility
  • Sociology of Development
  • Sociology of Industry and Work
  • Urban Sociology
Entry requirements:

    General Regulations Governing Admission to Higher Degree Programmes

    • Candidates for admission to higher degree programmes shall normally be graduates of the University of Ibadan or other Universities/Institutions recognised by the Senate. Admission shall be made by the Postgraduate College on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • Candidates without any previous higher degrees in the relevant discipline may be admitted only to either the Degree of Master or the Professional Degree of Master.
    • Candidates with recognised “Research Higher” Degree in the relevant discipline may be admitted to the M.Phil or Ph.D. degree programmes as appropriate, on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • A candidate admitted to the degree of Master of University of Ibadan who obtained a weighted average mark of 55.0 – 59.9%, or a CGPA of between 4.0 and 4.9 may be offered provisional admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D programmes. Such candidates shall be assessed within three semesters of full time and four semesters of part time registration for the M.Phil/Ph.D to Ph.D conversion. This shall also apply to students who graduated from other universities 


    • All University of Ibadan graduates should be admitted to Postgraduate programme with the ordinary level criteria existing at the time their first admission. Candidate who did not fulfill the requirements as at the time of their admission are not eligible for consideration.
    • Special consideration may be given to candidates, who obtained their first degree not less than 20 years from the time of seeking admission to any postgraduate programmes. Such candidates must have been found to possess special skills or abilities and professionally or academically engaged during the period of 20 years.
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Sociology programme focus on understanding human behaviour, social interactions, and societal structures. Our higher degree programme in Sociology explores how individuals and groups interact within societies, as well as how social systems impact human behavior. This field of study provides our students with valuable insights into social dynamics, inequality, culture, and the forces shaping our world.

Introduction to Sociology: 

  • This course provides an overview of the field, introducing students to key concepts, theories, and methods used in sociological analysis.

Sociological Theories: 

  • Students study foundational sociological theories that explain social phenomena, such as functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and feminist theory.

Research Methods in Sociology: 

  • Courses cover qualitative and quantitative research methods used to collect, analyze, and interpret sociological data. Students learn how to conduct surveys, interviews, observations, and analyze statistical data.

Social Institutions: 

  • Students explore major social institutions like family, education, religion, economy, and politics, and how they shape individual behavior and society as a whole.

Social Stratification and Inequality: 

  • Courses examine social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and other factors that contribute to inequality and social hierarchies within societies.

Culture and Society: 

  • Students study the role of culture in shaping beliefs, norms, values, and behavior. They explore how culture varies across societies and impacts social interactions.

Deviance and Social Control: 

  • Courses cover deviant behavior, crime, and the mechanisms societies use to regulate behavior, including laws, norms, and institutions like the criminal justice system.

Globalization and Social Change: 

  • Students explore how globalization affects societies, economies, cultures, and social interactions on a global scale.

Sociology of Gender: 

  • Courses focus on the study of gender roles, inequalities, and the ways society constructs and enforces gender norms.

Urban Sociology: 

  • Students examine the characteristics of urban environments, including urbanization, social dynamics, urban planning, and the impact of city life on individuals.

Environmental Sociology: 

  • Courses explore the relationship between societies and the environment, including how social factors influence environmental behavior and policies.

Sociology of Health and Illness: 

  • Students study the social aspects of health, healthcare systems, and how societal factors impact individuals' well-being and access to healthcare.

Social Movements and Change: 

  • Courses cover social movements, activism, and the ways individuals and groups bring about social change.

Sociology of Education: 

  • Students explore the role of education in society, including educational inequality, access to education, and the impact of schooling on individuals and communities.

Few/Some of the Course Content


PDI 720IT and Project Management
PDI 721Population and Human Ecology
PDI 717Regionalism and the State
PDI 718International Health: Evaluation and Administration
PDI 719Communication and Advocacy
PDI 716Globalization and Development Policy
SOC 711Industrial Sociology
SOC 712Urban Sociology
SOC 714Sociology of Development
SOC 729Advanced Quantitative Techniques
SOC 746Social Planning and Administration
SOC 799Research Project
MIR 703Human Resource Management
MIR 713Occupational Health and Safety
MIR 717Recruitment, Selection, Placement and Performance Appraisal
MIR 720Personnel Psychology
SOC 702Research Methods in the Behavioural Sciences
SOC 705Sociology of Work
SOC 701Sociological Theory
PDI 714Conflict Analysis and Reconstruction
SOC 706Political Sociology
PDI 715Micro Finance
SOC 705Sociology of Work
SOC 703Law and Social Change

Entry Requirement


Career Path

Sociology graduates have diverse career opportunities in various sectors due to their strong analytical, research, and critical thinking skills. Here are some common career paths for sociology graduates:

Research Analyst: 

  • Graduates can work as research analysts, conducting research for government agencies, research institutes, private companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Social Worker: Some graduates become social workers, providing assistance and support to individuals and families facing challenges such as poverty, substance abuse, and family issues.

Human Resources Specialist: 

  • Graduates can work in human resources departments, handling recruitment, employee relations, diversity initiatives, and workplace policies.

Market Researcher: 

  • Sociology graduates can work as market researchers, analyzing consumer behavior, trends, and preferences to inform business decisions.

Policy Analyst: 

  • Graduates can work as policy analysts, evaluating social issues and proposing policy solutions for government agencies and advocacy organizations.

Community Organizer: 

  • Sociology graduates can work as community organizers, mobilizing communities to address local issues and bring about positive change.

Nonprofit Work: 

  • Graduates can work for nonprofit organizations focused on social justice, advocacy, community development, and humanitarian efforts.

Public Relations Specialist: 

  • Some graduates work in public relations, managing communication between organizations and the public, including media relations and social media management.

Education Administrator: 

  • Graduates can work in education administration, overseeing school programs, curriculum development, and student services.

Criminal Justice and Corrections: 

  • Sociology graduates can work in criminal justice, including roles in law enforcement, corrections, and probation.

Healthcare Administrator: 

  • Graduates can work in healthcare administration, managing healthcare facilities, patient services, and public health programs.

Urban Planner: 

  • Some graduates become urban planners, working on city and regional development projects, land use, and community planning.

Policy Advocate: 

  • Graduates can work as policy advocates, promoting social change through policy initiatives, lobbying, and public awareness campaigns.

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist: 

  • Sociology graduates can work in organizations focused on diversity and inclusion, promoting equitable practices and addressing discrimination.

It's important to note that sociology graduates often have the flexibility to pursue a wide range of careers due to their versatile skill set and understanding of social dynamics. Graduates may also choose to pursue further education, such as advanced degrees, for specialized roles in research, academia, or specialized areas of sociology.



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