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MSc Social Research Methods

About the MSc programme

Central to the Department's activities is the MSc Social Research Methods, which offers specialist options in: Social Policy, Social Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Philosophy, Development Studies, Government, Management, Population, and Decision and Policy Sciences. The MSc programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop sophistication in research design and quantitative and qualitative research while maintaining a focus in a social scientific discipline. You will acquire skills of ‘practical scholarship’ and ability to design, conduct, analyse and report a social research project.

This programme draws on the range of expertise available within the Department, as well as related academic departments, in order to provide an advanced training in social research methodologies, combined with a focus on one of a number of special areas in the social science.

The syllabus for the MSc goes someway beyond the ESRC's requirements for the first year of a 1+3 PhD programme, and it is designed as a training for doctoral research and as a pre-professional training for careers in social research in the public and private sectors.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Social Research Methods in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Almost 50 per cent of the graduates of this programme have entered PhD programmes, or are working in social research in universities or national and local government.


Application code: L3T1 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science. Relevant professional experience also considered (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support), ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see ESRC)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadline for ESRC funding: 9 January 2017. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents

Note: This programme is designed as training for doctoral research or pre-professional training careers in social research

Intake/applications in 2016:  18/115

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