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Social Science Research Methods (MSc/PgDip)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)


Course Aims

The MSc/PgDip in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Students are provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. They are also introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at Masters level. The programmes also provide knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.


Special Features


Course Description

This programme offers an opportunity to develop analytical skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base, and a practical understanding of research fields.

Students may apply for one of the pathways through the MSc/PgDip in Social Science Research Methods.

Taught modules are divided into five core modules (Research Design; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods; Contemporary Social Theory; Study Skills), and one Specialist Modules (depending on the pathway. On successful completion of the coursework component, students prepare a dissertation (of a maximum 20,000 words) to be submitted by mid-September. Further details are available on the individual pathway pages.


Entry Requirements

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.


Further information

Visit the MSc Social Science Research web pages for further information about the programme.


Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,865.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £6,750.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: SSRM Administrator Contact  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0284 / +44 (0)29 2087 5178  

Fax:  

Email: ssrm@cardiff.ac.uk  

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