The University of Birmingham’s School of Education is one of the best schools in the UK to study social research as can be seen by it´s results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 which shows that more than 81 per cent of all its research was rated as internationally excellent (3*) or world leading (4*). The MA in Social Research will provide you with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.
We accept a range of qualifications.
English language support - before your course starts
The University offers Presessional English courses for students whose IELTS score does not meet the entry requirements. If you successfully attend one of these courses you won’t need to retake IELTS.
English language support - during your studies
BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials. For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.
Students will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. They will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods, to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of and impact of their research within and beyond academia.
The core modules you will take are:
Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Research Design (20 credits)
Research Methods 1 (20 credits)
Research Methods 2 (20 credits)
You will then take a minimum of four elective modules from the following list (10 credits each)*:
From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
Overseas Research Methods
Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Secondary Data Analysis in Social Research
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
Handling Cluster Randomised Samples
Researching Language and Literacy
In addition, you will write a 14,000-word dissertation (60 credits).
*The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
The University of Birmingham has recently been ranked 9th in the UK, and 55th in the world, for post-qualification employability in a global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Over the last five years, an impressive 98.3 % of Education postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.
Birmingham’s Education graduates choose to work in variety of education roles in schools and administrative roles in public and private sector organisations. Work in retail, sales and administration are also popular options. Some chose to continue their education and apply for professional courses such as teacher training or undertake a PhD.
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