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Social Science (MSc)

12 months, with some weekend seminars (Full-time) / 24-36 months, with some weekend seminars (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

Graduates from this programme will be able to:


Special Features


Course Description

This programme is aimed at working in, or who want to work in education, training, workforce and skills development, youth work and community work, and postgraduate students who want to engage in the advanced level study. It may lead to further specialist training in, for example, teaching, youth work or social work, or to direct employment in these areas, especially in administrative roles, and for those who aspire to develop leadership roles in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

The course comprises two 30 credit common core modules, three 20 credit subject specialist modules and a 60 credit dissertation study.

The common core modules are:

These modules are designed to be of benefit to all students who have elected to do their studies in an inter-disciplinary school of social science. Common, shared lectures with students in other master’s programmes lead to an assessment equal to two thirds of the module, and are supplemented with small group subject specific seminars that lead to an assessment equal to one third of the module.

The dissertation is an opportunity to study a relevant topic in-depth and, where appropriate, to engage in first-hand research.

Taken together, students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills which are discipline specific and more general ‘employability’ skills such as:

  1. the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex data,
  2. a range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative research skills,
  3. the use and application of information technologies,
  4. the ability to communicate and present ideas and findings in a variety of ways, for example, in writing, and orally,
  5. ability to problem solve, and work individually and in groups.

Course Structure

This is a taught modular masters programme made up of 180 credits. A distinctive feature of the MSc in Social Science at Cardiff University is that it is operated as part of a combined programme and comprises two parts. Teaching is organised in two semesters. Semester One, September to January, and Semester Two, January to May.

In the first part, there are two 30 credit common compulsory modules in (i) principles and practice of research design and methods and (ii) critical perspectives in social science. This means that students benefit from the knowledge and expertise of world leading researchers at the forefront of knowledge production in a range of areas.

There are also three 20 credit modules, taken from a choice of modules from those on offer across the School in, for example, Education; Equality and Diversity; Childhood and Youth Studies; Health and Healthcare; Crime, Safety and Justice; Social Policy, and Social Science Research Methods. Please note that not all modules are offered in every year. Some modules are taught on a weekly basis over the course of a 10 week semester, and others on a three day block basis, from Thursday to Saturday. Applicants are advised to consult the annual timetable of module provision.

In the second part, students undertake a 60 credit dissertation study, guided by a personal supervisor. This is an opportunity to explore in-depth a topic arising out of study on the programme, and to apply and further develop research skills, analysis and presentation of findings.

Full-time Programme:

For the full-time one-year programme, teaching is organised within two semesters, the first, from September to January, the second from January to May. In this period you complete taught modules to the value of 120 credits. You then move to working towards your dissertation (60 credits), although in practice this starts earlier in the year, and is related to the work undertaken in the second semester in the common core modules.

Part-Time Programme:

For the part-time programme, teaching is organised within two semesters, the first, from September to January, the second from January to May. Modules should normally be completed within two years and across no more than four semesters. In this period you complete taught modules to the value of 120 credits. You then move to working towards your dissertation (60 credits).

The order in which you take your modules is open to some choice but governed by when modules are scheduled. Critical Perspectives in Social Science is only available in the Autumn semester, and Principles and Practice of Research Design only in the Spring. The scheduling of other modules may vary year on year, and dates will be published ahead of the start of the programme. You are advised to undertake Principles and Practice of Research Design as your last taught module so that it leads into the dissertation part of your programme of study.


Skills Acquired

Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills which are discipline specific and more general ‘employability’ skills such as:

  1. the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex data,
  2. a range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative research skills,
  3. the use and application of information technologies,
  4. the ability to communicate and present ideas and findings in a variety of ways, for example, in writing, and orally
  5. ability to problem solve, and work individually and in groups.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. This course is suitable for graduates of Counselling, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Education, European Studies, Forensic Science, Human Geography, History, Journalism, Language and Communication, Law, Media, Philosophy, Planning, Politics, Psychology and Social Sciences. Applications are also encouraged from candidates with a background in the humanities, social sciences or healthcare sciences.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5. Full details of Cardiff University's English language requirements can be found here.


How to Apply

Applications should be made via the Online Application Service.

You should indicate in your application why you want to study social sciences, and why you want to undertake your studies in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences.

Next intake: September 2014

School Contact

Name: Ms Gemma Robinson  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5178 

Fax:  

Email: RobinsonG5@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/degreeprogrammes/postgraduate/index.html

School Contact

Name: Dr. Stuart Tannock  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75113 

Fax:  

Email: TannockS1@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/contactsandpeople/academicstaff/T-Z/dr-stuart-tannock-overview.html

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