Social Science Research Methods (Science and Technology Studies) (MSc/PgDip)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The information below relates to the Science and Technology Studies pathway of the MSc/PgDip Social Science Research Methods programme.
Features of the Science and Technology Studies pathway
The Science and Technology Studies pathway through the Social Science Research Methods MSc is suitable for all students with an interest in the social dimensions of science and technology. The School has research expertise in a range of substantive and methodological approaches and can offer supervision and training for students interested in:
- Sociology of science and technology, including natural sciences, biotechnology, medicine and genomics
- Nature, distribution and classification of expertise
- Public understanding of, and engagement with, science and technology
- Use of scientific advice and other forms of expertise in decision-making
Testimonial of a Science and Technology Studies graduate
"The knowledge and skills that I have developed as part of the MSc are essential in pursuing my goal of a career in the Social Sciences. The training in cutting edge research methodologies is world class and has introduced me to new innovative research agendas, as well as honing existing skills. The teaching on the Science and Technology Studies pathway is particularly worth mentioning. I have been privileged to have been taught by many of the leading authorities in the field in an engaging, research oriented environment. All of this has ultimately led to the successful application to study for a PhD within the same institution, of which I now feel confident in my ability to successfully undertake."
SSRM graduate (Science and Technology Studies pathway) more student views
Description of the Science and Technology Studies pathway
The Science and Technology Studies training programme is well-established and has been recognised by the ESRC for a number of years. Students following the Science and Technology Studies pathway take both generic research methods training and the subject specific modules required in order to specialise in Science and Technology Studies research.
For the taught component, students will be required to complete six 20-credit modules (5 core research modules and 1 pathway module). In all modules students have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to this pathway.
|Science and Technology Studies Module||Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
Autumn term: It introduces students to a range of social science perspectives and methodologies for exploring and understanding the contemporary importance of science and technology in modern society. By reviewing the development of ideas and schools of thought within Science and Technology Studies, the course highlights core similarities between these approaches as well as specific tensions between them.
|Foundations in Social Research||Autumn term: The module introduces philosophical/theoretical concepts alongside practical issues of research method choice and design.|
|Qualitative Research Methods||Autumn & Spring: This main aim of the module is to provide knowledge, training and practice in the collection, analysis and representation of qualitative data.|
|Quantitative Research Methods||Autumn & Spring: This module introduces students to the systematic collection and analysis of quantitative data, including a broad range of commonly used statistical techniques.|
|Research Applications||Spring term: This module critically explores the various applications of research to different settings. Students tailor their learning by selecting from a menu of options.|
|Core Competencies for Postgraduate Social Scientists||Autumn & Spring: This module introduces students to essential postgraduate social science survival skills. The module ends with an end-of-year Student Conference.|
Timetables for the 2013/14 session are available to download:
The dissertation in the Science and Technology Studies pathway
On successful completion of the taught component, students prepare a dissertation (of a maximum 20,000 words) to be submitted by mid-September. The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. Dissertation topics are chosen by the students in agreement with their supervisors.
Recent SSRM Science and Technology Studies thesis titles include:
- Public understanding of the genetics of ADHD: A case study of contemporary science debates
- A multi sited ethnography exploring current developments within biogerontology in relation to shifting cultural definitions of aging
- Publics, stem cells & scientists: A scientist’s perspective
A good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
This course is suitable for graduates in social science and cognate disciplines including sociology, politics, critical psychology, education, social policy and social work, criminology, management and business studies, history, area studies, geography, pedagogy, public administration, industrial and employee relations, and law.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: October each year
Name: Prof Adam Hedgecoe (SSRM – Science, Technology & Society Pathway)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 70027
Name: Dr Amanda Robinson (SSRM Programme Director); Ms Gemma Robinson (SSRM Programme Administrator)
Telephone: +44 (0)29208 70284
Fax: +44 (0)29208 74175