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Social Science Research Methods (Social Work) (MSc/PgDip)

1 year (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The information below relates to the Social Work pathway of the MSc/PgDip Social Science Research Methods programme.

Special Features of the Social Work pathway

Postgraduate social work students are supervised by academic staff that have extensive experience of funded research for research councils, local and national government and voluntary sector bodies, as well as experience of research collaboration with local and national social welfare organisations and excellent links with local and national policy-makers and practitioners. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating social work research via publications in books, academic and practitioner journals and presentations to conferences.

The Social Work pathway through the Social Research Methods MSc is suitable for two groups of people:

Testimonials of Social Work pathway graduates

"The SSRM at Cardiff is a comprehensive course designed to support students into the next stage of their research career. As a student going on to do my PhD I found it offered a balanced approach to research in the social sciences with emphasis on the importance of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The academic staff here are approachable, supportive and responsive to student concerns and the resources available to post graduate students at Cardiff are excellent."

SSRM graduate (Social Work pathway) more student views

Description of the Social Work pathway

Students will be expected to join one or more of the research groups in the School according to their research interests (childhood; crime and justice; health and society; risk, interaction and organisation; and sexualities and gender). This provides the opportunity to make connections with academics and other post graduate research students. Students will also be invited to attend the social work guest lecture series and occasional social work seminars and conferences offered by the School.

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 their Pathway (Social Work).

Social Work Module Advanced Social Work Practice 1 or 2
Autumn term (weekend module)
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.

The dissertation in the Social Work 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 Social Work thesis titles include:

Entry Requirements for the Social Work pathway

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.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications from international students for this course is 1st August 2015.

The deadline for applications from home students for this course is 1st September 2015.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time PgDip: £6,000
MSc: £6,000
PgDip: £14,500
MSc: £14,500
Part-time PgDip: £3,000
MSc: £3,000*
PgDip: £7,250
MSc: £7,250*
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes * Fees payable in years 1 and 2 only

Next intake: September each year

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