Social statistics and social research provide policymakers, academics and others with valuable insights into the behaviour of people. This Masters course will give you an understanding of social research, with a particular focus on quantitative methods and social statistics.

You’ll learn about social research methods and the theories behind them while undertaking detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods. You’ll also gain a thorough knowledge of statistical software and learn a range of highly sought-after technical skills, including accessing, preparing, analysing and summarising complex quantitative datasets.

To meet the demands of our dynamic technological environment, you can also choose advanced modules in data management and important emerging areas such as big data and social network analysis.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Gain skills coveted by a wide range of public, private and voluntary organisations

#2 Take advanced modules in key fields such as big data and social network analysis

#3 Study part-time to accommodate your personal and professional commitments

Course objectives

This course is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of social research, with a particular focus on social statistics and quantitative methods. It includes orientation material on social research methods as a whole, and detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods, with advanced modules on data management and emerging priority research areas, such as big data and social network analysis. Teaching covers the theories behind the methods and training in using datasets and analysing them with statistical software. You’ll gain a variety of highly marketable skills in the areas of social research and social statistics.

Course details

Become an expert in statistical analysis and the use of social science data resources with our diverse and in-depth modules. You’ll complete four core modules, two optional modules and – for the MSc – a 15,000-word dissertation.


Modules are generally a combination of lectures and workshops. Teaching largely takes place on Tuesdays, although some components might take place on other days. The contact hours are sympathetic to those working alongside their studies, and most teaching is performed in smaller classes, with group activities.

If you’re studying this course full-time, you’ll complete three modules during the Autumn semester, three in the Spring, and submit your dissertation in the summer. You can choose to take the course over two years and study one or two modules per semester.


Modules are usually assessed by an examination, software-based assignments, and essays.

Course director

David Griffiths, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467729


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas £13,650
  • Home/EU £4,700
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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 24 months
4,700 GBP
Home/EU: £4,700 - Overseas: £13,650
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