You will take two compulsory courses on research applications in international social and public policy. You will also choose one course suited to your previous experience and skills from amongst qualitative research methods options, and one course from quantitative research methods options. In addition, you will select from a wide range of further optional courses to the value of one unit. Finally you will undertake an empirical dissertation on a subject of your choice.
(* denotes a half unit)
Understanding Policy Research*
Provides transferable skills in applying and interpreting the results of a wide range of methods used in social and public policy research, and an understanding of the issues raised by the research process, including in the context of writing a dissertation.
Understanding Policy Research (Advanced)*
Equips you with an understanding of more advanced and specialist research applications in social and public policy including approaches to policy evaluation, systematic reviewing, longitudinal analysis, and cross-national research, and reflects on the role of research in the policymaking process.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis*
Provides an intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences.
Applied Regression Analysis*
Concerned with deepening the understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data.
Multivariate Analysis and Measurement*
Provides an introduction to the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.
Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies*
Provides an introduction to statistical methods used for causal inference in the social sciences.
Qualitative Research Methods*
Presents the fundamentals of qualitative research methods.
Doing ethnography enables us to examine how social order is produced as people go about their everyday interactions.
Qualitative Research with Non-Traditional Data*
Focuses on three emerging strands of qualitative research: digital, visual and mobile methods.
Qualitative Text Analysis*
Trains into the demanding craft of mapping the social and political implications of discourses and making explicit their implicit dimensions.
An independent research project, normally involving original empirical research written up in 10,000 words.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.