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.
We accept a range of qualifications.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.
The core modules you will take are:
Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Research Design (20 credits)
Research Methods I (20 credits)
Research Methods II (20 credits)
Advanced Training Programme
Unless stated, all advanced training courses run as 2-day intensive workshops from 10–4pm with breaks. This list is updated regularly as new courses are approved so do check this website from time to time to see what is on offer.
These advanced training courses are open to all research students in the College (and some departments in other Colleges, such as Geography, subject to the discretion of the Programme Team). However, places on each course are limited and priority will be given to MA Social Research students.
These advanced training courses are also open to all staff in the University who may wish to attend without completing the assessments. However, all doctoral researchers and staff who wish to do so will be placed on a waiting list. Confirmation will be sent a week before the course dates.
Advanced Training courses run in Semester 3, unless otherwise stated
From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
Analyzing Hierarchical and Panel Data
Visual Research Methods
Ethnography and Language in the Social Sciences
Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Science
Approaches to Research on Discourse
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
Secondary Data Analysis in Social Research
Q Methodology – A Systematic Approach for Interpretive Research Design
Activity Theory and its Research Applications
Introduction to Time Series Regression
Introduction to Econometric Software (module runs in Semester One)
Randomised Controlled Trials
The Role of Thinking (subject to approval)
NB: some courses have pre-requisites, e.g. to register on Multiple Linear and Logistic Regression, Factor Analysis, or Narrative Research, you will need to have passed Social Research Methods II (20 credits module), or equivalent. You will need to provide evidence that you have passed a similar course on quantitative/qualitative data analysis where appropriate.
To register for the above advanced training courses, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org specifying which courses you are interested in. When registering for courses, please provide your name, student ID, department/programme you are affiliated to, and your e-mail address.
In addition, you will write a 14,000-word dissertation (60 credits).
Many students go on to do a PhD after completing this MA. Others have followed a career in local authorities, government departments, health authorities, management consultancy, media, the voluntary sector and so on.
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