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MSc Social Science Research Methods (Sociology)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15500 GBP
6100 GBP
6100 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Social Sciences and Law
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
GRE (avg)610
GMAT (avg)23

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About this course

Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) reflects the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) expertise in Research Methods training and provides comprehensive training in the whole process of research conceptualisation, design and operationalisation. It is especially formulated to reflect the training recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has been accredited as a Research Training programme. It is particularly suited for those seeking a career as a social science researcher or proceeding to a PhD, including ESRC-funded doctoral study.

You are given thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing data. The programme also covers the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will also be encouraged to apply your methods training to substantive research interests.

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Eligibility Criteria

Selection process - Online application form

English language requirements :

One of the following:

  • • IELTS : 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands
    • TOEFL : 90 overall, minimum 20 in any part
    • SAT : 610
    • ACT : 23

Admissions statement : Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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Course Modules

Core units

  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Quantitative Social Research
  • Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences.

Plus at least one from the following list:

  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
  • Discourse Analysis: Research Methods for Politics and International Relations
  • Political Research Methods

Optional units
You will also take two 20-credit units from the full optional list running in SPAIS during Teaching Block 2. A list of current units is available on the SPAIS website.

The summer term is completed with a dissertation.

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How to Apply

  • Open to international students : YES

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