This programme's objective is to develop skills in planning, carrying out, writing up and appraising research and to introduce you to the main techniques for qualitative and quantitative research, including conducting surveys, interviewing, running focus groups, designing experimental trails, using life history and observational techniques, and analysing data. The course also provides a base for students who are going on to do an MPhil or PhD by research, or may be of value if you commission or manage social research or use findings from research projects in your professional life.
Please note: Students wishing to study on this programme must register MA in Social Research Methods offered by SSPSSR. Modules must be approved by the programme director.
Full-time students complete the MA in Methods of Social Research over twelve months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year.
The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter.
The programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma, which entails the same taught curriculum as the MA but does not require a dissertation. It is thus worth 120 credits [60 ECTS]. The Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis.
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