Master's Degree in Social Sciences in Stirling in United Kingdom

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A masters is awarded to students who have completed postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice while demonstrating a high level of mastery during the process.

Social Sciences programs usually include courses in psychology, sociology and ethics that teach students how to channel their natural compassion into useful, effective action that helps vulnerable populations such as abuse victims, substance abusers, criminals and the disabled. Career opportunities include treatment facilities, home healthcare, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

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MRes in Applied Social Research

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30 months January 2017 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Master’s in Applied Social Research gives graduates the ideal preparation for undertaking social research and evaluation. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. [+]

Masters in Social Sciences in Stirling in United Kingdom. The Master’s in Applied Social Research gives graduates the ideal preparation for undertaking social research and evaluation. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Recognition The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting its requirements for postgraduate research training. Fully funded places are available through the ESRC, details can be found on the pages of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website. Course objectives Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative social research Develop your understanding of the relationship between research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use Provide you with the opportunity to tailor your programme with a choice of further research-based modules What makes us different? Entry requirements Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Structure and content The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises four compulsory taught core modules, plus two other optional modules (from two available lists), and (for the MRes) a dissertation. The compulsory modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry Research Design and Process Quantitative Data Analysis Qualitative Data Analysis You must also take two further modules from a list including the following: Comparative Social Research Research Placement Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research Discourse Analysis Digital social research Social Statistics modules Gender Studies modules Policy Masters modules or other modules by arrangement with the Programme Director. In addition to the above modules, MRes students will complete the following: Research Dissertation: MRes students must undertake an original social science research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision Recent dissertation topics include: A Study of High Risk Behaviour Young People and National Identity Substance Use Prevalence and Looked-after Young People in Scotland Women’s Decisions about Returning to Work After Childbirth Delivery and assessment Teaching methods are designed for each module to facilitate your acquisition of skills and progressive development. You are expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops, and group work. Full-time and part-time MRes/Diploma students experience a range of different forms of assessment across the compulsory taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, presentations, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, and the research dissertation. There are no examinations. Career opportunities Employability an important focus of the course. Past graduates have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors for example, commissioning research for local authorities, working on university research projects, and conducting research for charities and voluntary organisations. The course is suitable for those wishing to enhance their research practice in a current post. Others choose to continue their studies and undertake a PhD or Doctorate. The MRes offers a combination of high quality, flexibility and choice. Over the past five years, over half of our graduates have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, for example, a manager commissioning research for a local authority, a research fellow at a university and a senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation. Over one third of our graduates continue with academic study and undertake a professional doctorate or PhD. [-]