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MSc Research Methods for Social Science & Health

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
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 Tuition fee

17550 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

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Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MSc in Research Methods for Social Science & Health provides in depth knowledge and critical understanding of: (1) epistemology, methodology and ethics in the social sciences; (2) principles of research design and methodology commonly used in health and social science research; (3) research governance and the management of risk; (4) quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, analysis and reporting.

Key benefits

  • Integrates social science with King’s leading health schools and their internationally recognized excellence in biomedical and health research and training.
  • Taught by a dynamic and research-led team of academics with a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise, providing students with first hand exposure to advanced academic research.
  • Situated in the heart of London, providing unrivalled opportunities to engage with the worlds of policymaking, non-governmental agencies and biomedical research.
  • Provides an open and supportive learning environment, fostering independent and critical learners and researchers.

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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have a 1st class  or 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). 

We may consider candidates with a lower second class degree or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution if they can:

  • show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications
  • demonstrate that they are highly motivated
  • provide referees from their university or employment strongly supporting their admission onto a master's level programme.

In these circumstances we will usually admit a student to our certificate or diploma programmes, possibly with a view to the student transferring to the master's programme if they successfully pass their first two examined subjects. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

Programme Core Module

  • Epistemology, Methodology & Ethics in the Social Sciences (Details TBA)

Programme Compulsory Modules

  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM503
  • Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM502

One Compulsory Foundation Subject Area Module:

  • Foundations of Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM620
  • The Politics of Medicine & Health - 7SSHM600
  • Critical Bioethics - 7SSHM616
  • Critical Global Health - 7SSHM605
  • Ageing, Health & Society - 7SSHM501
  • Population, Ageing & Policy - 7SSHM500

Plus one of the following:

  • Dissertation in Medicine, Health & Public Policy
  • Dissertation in Bioethics & Society
  • Dissertation in Global Health & Social Justice
  • Ageing & Society Dissertation
  • Gerontology Dissertation
  • Public Policy & Ageing Dissertation

Optional Modules

Students can select 15-35 credits of optional modules from within the department or from other departments within King's College. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.

*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.

  • Quantitative Data Analysis - 7SSHM504
  • Researching Vulnerable Populations - 7SSHM506
  • Data Manipulation & Management - 7SSHM507
  • Ethics of Clinical Research - 7SSHM615

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. You may be invited to be interviewed. We may interview non-UK candidates by telephone and may ask applicants to write an essay. We will only assess complete applications with supporting uploaded documents. Please see our website for more details. We aim to process applications within three weeks; during holiday periods applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

The personal statement should be approximately three to four paragraphs, and no more than one page. This should explain why you are interested in the programme applied for, and could include, for example, details of your motivation and aptitude, your relevant experience and skills, and any other information that would be useful for us in assessing your application. In general terms, we look for candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in the programme, are committed to academic study at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the potential to do well in an academic environment.

Application closing date

Applications for this course are closed for 2016 entry.

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