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.
Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Research Design (20 credits)
Information Skills for Social Sciences
University Programme of Skills Training (as necessary)
Social Research Methods I (20 credits)
Social Research Methods II (20 credits)
Four advanced training courses (10)
All students registered on the MA in Social Research will take:
1) Four core modules:
Introduction to Social Science Research
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)
Local Government and Public 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
Role of Thinking: Philosophy of Social Research
Approaches to Research on Discourse
From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Science
Q Methodology – A Systematic Approach for Interpretive Research Design
Introduction to Time Series Regression
Visual Research Methods
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.
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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