University of Birmingham

Master in Social Research (Social Policy) - Máster en Investigación Social (Políticas Sociales)

University of Birmingham
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  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    Información no disponible
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Curso se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Social Research (Social Policy) MA/Diploma
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    The MA Social Research (Social Policy) is recognised by the ESRC as a research training programme designed to provide participants with a sound background in overall research design and the most up-to-date training in methods and data collection and analysis. The core elements are delivered by staff from across the College of Social Science, many of them engaged in cutting-edge research in their particular fields. The MA Social Research (Social Policy) welcomes applications from international students.


    A good Honours degree or equivalent is normally required. This will usually be in a social science, although applications from those with degrees in other disciplines will be considered. Applications are also encouraged from those without an Honours degree who have five years or more relevant work experience in a policy or practice area.

    International students:
    We accept a range of qualifications

    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.


    Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)

    Module Lead: Fiona Carmichael; Nick Peim

    This module aims to provide a general introduction to studying and research methods and prepares you for your dissertation, emphasising key skills such as searching literature, finding datasets and presenting and criticising arguments. It also covers ethics of research, the role of theory and philosophical bases for understanding the social world.

    Research Design (20 credits)

    Module Lead: Graeme Douglas; Gary Thomas

    This module links the introductory module and data collection module through consideration of research design, questions, warranting practices and sampling methods. All the elements of research design are linked into an over-arching theme of the full cycle of research activity.

    Social Research Methods I (20 credits)

    Module Lead: Harriet Clarke; Ian Davison

    This module introduces the principles and practices of data collection and explores rationales of the various methods. It will focus on the different stages of data collection, including various methods used to gather textual and numerical data.

    Social Research Methods II (20 credits)

    Module Lead: Harriet Clarke; Matt Bennett

    This module introduces students to a range of approaches for analysing and handling data. It will include covering statistical methods for quantitative data and methodological approaches for qualitative data. It emphasises that the method of analysis is not determined by the method of collection.

    Dissertation (60 credits)
    On completion of the taught modules (120 credits), Masters students undertake a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. Each student is allocated a supervisor, selected for their experience of both the subject matter and supervision.

    Students can choose from a variety of optional Substructure Modules or Advanced Research Methods Modules, for example:

    20 credit modules

    Sectors and Services in British Social Policy
    Module Lead: Lee Gregory
    Politics of British Social Policy since 1940
    Module Lead: Robert Page
    Third Sector in Social Policy
    Module Lead: John Mohan
    Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice
    Module Lead: Lisa Goodson
    International Social Policy
    Module Lead: Kelly Hall
    Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship
    Module Lead: Nando Sigona
    Policy Futures: Global and Local Perspectives
    Module Lead: Rob Macmillan; John Mohan
    10 credit modules

    Multivariate Linear + Logistic Regression
    Module Lead(s): Matt Bennett
    Factor Analysis
    Module Lead(s): Ian Davison
    Narrative Research
    Module Lead(s): Nicki Ward
    Visual Research Methods
    Module Lead(s): Ian Grosvenor; Nick Peim
    Researching Disability
    Module Lead(s): Graeme Douglas; Harriet Clarke
    Approaches to Research on Discourse
    Module Lead(s): Nick Peim
    Policy Evaluation
    Module Lead(s): Martin Powell

    Salidas profesionales

    This course is designed for those considering research as a career. That includes those wanting an academic career, for whom this degree is ideal preparation for undertaking a doctorate (PhD). It also includes those seeking a research career in such areas as central government, local government, charities and in consultancies and market/social research. The degree also provides good transferable skills in evaluation and in analysing data, and the ability to critique published research.


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