MSc in Applied Social Research

General

Program Description

Overview

This Masters course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to carry out robust social research and evaluation.

You’ll learn how to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity. You’ll also critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research and explore the issues with social network research. Finally, you’ll develop an understanding of the relationship between research and policymaking.

Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies, as well as preparing you for an ESRC-recognised interdisciplinary PhD in Families, Relationships and Demographic Change and Social Care.

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Course objectives

The objective of our MSc Applied Social Research is to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity. Your studies will enable you to:

  • critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research
  • 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

Professional accreditations

Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies, as well as preparing you for an ESRC-recognised interdisciplinary PhD in Families, Relationships and Demographic Change and Social Care.

Work placements

During your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out a research placement to gain practical experience and establish professional contacts.

Course details

Boost your research skills and expand your knowledge with six in-depth modules and a dissertation project.

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises six compulsory taught core modules and, for the MSc, a dissertation.

Teaching

Teaching methods are designed for each module to help you develop new skills and make continuous progress. You’ll participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work. If you're studying the course full-time, you'll take four or five modules per semester. If you're studying part-time, you'll take two modules per semester.

Assessment

Whether you’re a full-time or part-time MSc/PgDip student, you’ll experience a range of different forms of assessment across the 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.

Classroom hours

Teaching on this course generally takes place all day on a Friday, but certain modules may be taught on other days.

Course director

David Griffiths, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467729

griffiths@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas £13,650
  • Home/EU £4,700
Last updated November 2018

About the School

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