Social Research Methods MSc
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City's Social Research Methods MSc course offers practical training in social research methods and analysis. We aim to equip you with an understanding and appreciation of both qualitative and quantitative research methods across a range of disciplines with technical competence in the use of leading edge technology.
The core and optional modules give you advanced knowledge of social research methods as well as an insight into how research methodologies are applied to the analysis of both theoretical and policy issues.
Our course delivery has been described by previous external examiners as 'setting the gold standard for research methods training'.
We conform with the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) model of fully rounded training for research.
You should have (or expect to gain) a first or second-class honours degree in social science, health, media studies or a related discipline. We also welcome applications from those with equivalent professional qualifications and occupational experience.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.
- IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each subtest
- TOEFL (internet based): 100 - 105
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- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
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- Start Date:
- 23 September 2013
- Full-time - one year (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)
Academic staff on the course cover a wide variety of substantive interests including: social research methodologies, social theory, human rights, the study of the life course, youth, early old age, sexual behaviour, social attitudes, criminology, race and ethnicity, migration, media and communication, refugee studies, governance and globalisation.
There are excellent employment opportunities for graduates of this course in academic research, central and local government agencies, public health, the voluntary sector, market and media research and management consultancy.
The course also offers the ideal foundation if you want to pursue doctoral research in the social sciences.
- Research design, methods and methodology
- Data analysis using SPSS
- Rationale and philosophical foundations of social research
- Qualitative research methods
- Survey research methods
- Contemporary issues in social theory
- Analysing media discourses
- Multivariate data analysis
- Statistical modelling
- Social policy research and evaluation
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching:We will teach you through a mixture of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, analysis of case studies and interactive computer-based exercises, particularly in relation to the quantitative elements of the course.
Assessment:We will assess you by means of written coursework and examinations. Elective options are usually assessed by coursework alone.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000 (2013 entry)
Over 85% of City's 2009 Research Methods graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.
Graduates from these courses are well placed to find employment in research-based organisations or may want to use this as a foundation for further research study.
There are excellent employment opportunities in academic research, central and local government agencies, public health, the voluntary sector, market and media research and management consultancy.
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There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.
MSc Social Research Methods
To apply you will need to submit:
- A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
- Two references (at least one should be from an academic referee)
- A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
- Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
- Apply Online (Social Research Methods Full-time)
The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following link:
- Download a PDF version of the application form (pdf)
- Download a PDF version of the reference form (pdf)
If you require a hard copy of the application pack (containing an application form and reference forms) then please email your name, address and the name of the programme to the Programme Administrator along with your request.
Return the completed form to:
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences