University of Birmingham

Master in Social Research - Máster en Investigación Social

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    Información no disponible
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Social Research MA


The core elements of the programme are delivered by staff across the entire College, many of whom are engaged in cutting-edge research in their own fields. Students benefit by undertaking this training with students from numerous diverse departments including the Business School, Economics, Education, Government and Society, Institute of Applied Social Studies and Social Policy; and within the wider College. Students will also receive more discipline-specific research training, as well as dissertation supervision, provided by individual departments. On completion of this MA, many students continue their studies as a graduate research student, or pursue a career in research in the public, private, or voluntary sector


This programme aims to provide students with a sound background in social research design and the most up-to-date training in methods of data collection and analysis.


Programme content

Term 1:

Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Research Design (20 credits)
Thesis-related preparation
Information Skills for Social Sciences
University Programme of Skills Training (as necessary)
Dissertation-related preparation
Term 2:

Social Research Methods I (20 credits)
Social Research Methods II (20 credits)
Thesis-related preparation
Summer Term:

Four advanced training courses (10)
Dissertation (60)
All students registered on the MA in Social Research will take:

1) Four core modules:

Introduction to Social Science Research
Research Design
Social Research Methods I
Social Research Methods II
2) Four elective modules (10 credits each) from the advanced training programme below
3) A 14,000 word dissertation (60 credits)

Specialist pathways

Local Government and Public Policy
Social Policy
Social Work and Professional Practice
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

Introduction to Econometric Software
Narrative Research
Role of Thinking: Philosophy of Social Research
Approaches to Research on Discourse
Factor Analysis
From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
Policy Evaluation
Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Science
Researching Disability
Q Methodology – A Systematic Approach for Interpretive Research Design
Introduction to Time Series Regression
Visual Research Methods
Questionnaire Design
Case Study Research Design
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.

Salidas profesionales

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.

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