Social Research Methods  MSc

Overview

Welcome to our next Open Evening where you can find out more about this course.

City's Social Research Methods MSc course will equip you with practical skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, in addition to helping you develop theoretically informed, interdisciplinary policy-relevant research.

The course draws on the expertise available within the Department of Sociology, which is home to the internationally renowned European Social Survey (ESS), in the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys. The ESS team will provide guest lectures and offer you practical research advice throughout the duration of your studies.

Scholarships

International students can apply for the School of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship for this course.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014 entry)
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000 (2014 entry)
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Start Date:

22nd September 2014

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from enthusiastic graduates with an upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent qualification, in a related discipline. We also consider applications from candidates 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.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 100.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
22nd September 2014
Duration:
Full-time - one year (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)

Course Content

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.

Course Structure

Core modules:

Elective modules:

You choose two substantive modules from the wide range of modules offered by the Department of Sociology, for example:

  • Criminal minds
  • Contemporary criminology
  • Victimology
  • Penology
  • The sociology of arts and culture
  • Developments in communication policy
  • Political communication
  • Representation and reception
  • Transnational media and communication.
  • Democratisation, information and communication
  • Analysing media discourses
  • Theories of race and ethnicity
  • Criminal Justice: policy and practice  
  • Feminisms and the media: representation, technology and change
  • The information society
  • Crime news
  • Celebrity
  • Political communication: application.

 Read the full 2014 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 2014 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2014 entry)
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000 (2014 entry)

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships

International students can apply for the School of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship for this course.

Career Prospects

There are excellent employment opportunities for graduates 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 social sciences.

Application Deadline

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)

Applicants are encouraged to apply online and either upload or email scanned copies of their supporting documents for convenience.

  • Apply Online (Social Research Methods full-time and part-time)

The application form and reference form can also be downloaded via the following link:

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:

Tatiana Dias
Department of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
City University
Northampton Square
LONDON
EC1V 0HB