Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
Individual programme fees are linked above. For detailed information on fee status, policies, payment and funding opportunities see:
Please note: This programme is recognised for the ESRC's '1+3' studentships.
This programme is designed to provide a firm grounding in the theory, philosophy and methods of social research, as well as opportunities to develop an area of substantive interest within the social sciences.
For full details, please see the programme website:
The academic entry requirement is a UK Bachelor Honours degree with at least 2:1 or its international equivalent.
An official transcript and certificate (if the degree has been awarded) is required upon application. References are not required upon initial application but may be requested at a later stage in the application process.
Where work experience is taken into consideration, an up-to-date CV and work reference is required.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
Detailed advice for international students is available here:
Designed to provide a firm foundation in the theory, philosophy and methods of social research, this intensive programme also offers you the opportunity to develop an area of specialism within the social sciences.
It combines compulsory training in a combination of quantitative and qualitative social research skills with the essentials of research design; you’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of the key issues, approaches and techniques of research in the social sciences, and the ability to conduct quality social research of value to the public, policymakers, professionals, and the academic community.
Practical application of your skills is also a priority, and you will have the option to base your dissertation on work-based experience. Recognised as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council, the programme is also eligible for the Open Societies Foundation grant scheme.
The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study. You will complete three compulsory courses and three optional courses (compulsory courses only for the PgCert option).
MSc students will also produce an independently researched dissertation, which may be based on a placement you undertake at a workplace of your choosing.
On successful completion of this course students will understand many of the key philosophical and theoretical debates in social-scientific research, as well as mastering a number of methodological skills and approaches to data collection and analysis.
This programme will equip you with research skills that can be used as the basis of doctoral research, potentially leading to an academic career. Past students have also found research positions in both the public and private sectors.
You will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013