MSc SRM Preliminary Reading List


 If you wish to do some preliminary reading in advance of your MSc, please see below for the recommended reading.

For more detailed reading list for each Methodology course please see 2021/22 Course Guides online. Please note that you are not expected to read any or all of these books before arriving but they will feature on your reading lists. 

MY400 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design

Robson, Colin and McCartan, Kieran (2015, 4th edition). Real World Research. London: John Wiley.

MY421 Qualitative Research Methods

M Bauer and G Gaskell Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound (London: Sage, 2000)

U Flick An Introduction to Qualitative Research (London: Sage, 2009)

M J Mayan Essentials in qualitative inquiry (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2009)

C Seale, G Gobo, J F Gubrium and D Silverman Qualitative Research Practice (London: Sage, 2004)      

MY425 Case Studies and Comparative Methods for Qualitative Research

Bennett, A. and Checkel, JT. eds., Process Tracing: From metaphor to analytic tool. (Cambridge, 2014)

Della Porta, D. and Keating, M. eds., Approaches and methodologies in the social sciences: a pluralist perspective (Cambridge, 2008)

Gerring, J Case study research: principles and practices, (2nd Ed., Cambridge, 2017)

Yin, R.K Case study research and applications: design and methods, (6th Ed., Sage, 2018)

MY426 Doing Ethnography     

K M DeWalt and B R DeWalt Participant observation: A guide for fieldworkers (AltaMira, 2002)

R M Emerson, R I Fretz and L L Shaw Writing ethnographic fieldnotes (University of Chicago, 1995)

M Hammersley and P Atkinson Ethnography: Principles in practice (Routledge, 2007)

A Lareau Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011)

MY428 Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis

Gee,JP (2011). How to do discourse analysis: a toolkit, New York: Routledg

P Baker and S Ellece Key Terms in Discourse Analysis (London: Continuum, 2010)

M Scheier Qualitative Content Analysis (Sage, 2012)

Taylor, S (2013). What is discourse analysis? London: Bloomsbury Academic

MY451 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis          

A Agresti and C Franklin Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data (Pearson Education, 2009)            

A Agresti and B Finlay Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (Pearson Education, 4th Ed., 2009)

Please note that the second book is more advanced and is particularly useful if you are planning to take MY451 and MY452.            

MY452 Applied Regression Analysis

A Agresti and B Finlay Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (Pearson Education, 2009)

MY455 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement

D J Bartholomew, F Steele, I Moustaki and J I Galbraith Analysis of Multivariate Social Science Data (CRC, 2008)            

MY456 Survey Methodology

R M Groves, F J Fowler, M P Couper, J M Lepkowski, E Singer and R Tourangeau Survey Methodology (Wiley, 2009)            

MY457 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies

J D Angrist and J-S Pischke Mostly Harmless Econometrics (Princeton University, 2009)

P R Rosenbaum Design of Observational Studies (Springer, 2010)

MY459 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Quantitative Text Analysis

quanteda: An R package for quantitative text analysis:

J Grimmer and B M Stewart Text as Data: The Promise and Pitfalls of Automatic Content Analysis Methods for Political Texts (Political Analysis 21(3):267–297, 2013)

T Loughran and B McDonald When Is a Liability Not a Liability? Textual Analysis, Dictionaries, and 10-Ks (The Journal of Finance 66 (1, February): 35–65, 2011)