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Diploma Social Science Research Methods

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
6600 GBP
National
3000 GBP
EU
75 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
EU 75 GBP
Department
Institute of Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

Students on this programme learn how to develop and critically evaluate research questions; gain an understanding of social science research methodologies and links between these methodologies and research questions; select appropriate social science research methods to explore identified research questions; enhance their knowledge of different forms of research proposal and the complexities of funding applications; assess their own suitability for further research degree studies, focusing on those from non-traditional pathways into research degrees.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (each 30 credits).

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Eligibility Criteria

Entry Requirement

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.

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Course Modules

Core Modules

  • Developing Research Questions
  • Methods of Investigation
  • Designing a Research Study
  • Developing a Research Proposal

Options

  • Students are encouraged to take two non credit-bearing modules from the Centre for Doctoral Education research training programme. Recommended options are:
  • Quantitative Data Analysis I
  • A qualitative data analysis programme at an appropriate level, where applicable.

Dissertation/report
Not applicable

Teaching and Learning
The programme is delved through a combination of face-to-face seminars and online discussion forums. Students also learn about the practicalities of social science research through participation in a research project.

Assessment is through the equivalent of a 5,000-word assignment for each module.

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying;
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application;
  • English language certificate (if applicable)
  • See a list of what you need to apply.
  • Please note that references must be received within two weeks of the programme deadline in order for you to have the best chance of being considered.

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