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The master’s degree comes from medieval Europe, where it was used to indicate an individual could teach a subject to others. This tradition continues today with many institutions requiring at least a Master of Science to teach the sciences.

What is an MSc in Social Science Studies? An umbrella term, social science studies can refer to subjects ranging from cultural studies to criminology. The term that grew out of an effort to take a more scientific approach to the study of human society. This differentiates it from the so-called hard sciences, which seek to understand the natural world, and the humanities, which are more subjective aspects of localized human culture. Examples of focuses that fall under social science studies include web science, psychological research methods, and sociology.

Social science studies develop the ability to recognize patterns in human behavior, a useful skill for both your career and personal life. These programs generally teach high-level writing and multiple methodology research.

The cost can be very different depending on the country, university, and support fees required by your program. Many institutions have options for students who need financial help to pursue their degrees. You should contact the program you’re interested in for more information.

A master’s degree in a social science generally provides you with open career paths. Where you end up depends largely on whether you’re seeking a job related to your field. Many sales reps have social science studies degrees unrelated to business. A master’s degree in contemporary Indian studies, on the other hand, would be useful to a lawyer specializing in Indian law or a cultural analyst. A social science studies degree is also a strong choice if you have interest in being a teacher or research professor.

Many institutions now provide online classes with part-time and full-time options. Part-time classes typically require less time on a weekly basis, while full-time courses allow you to finish your degree more quickly. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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12 Results in Social Science Studies

Trinity College Dublin Online Education

This level 9 academic postgraduate course, delivered online, aims to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the rol ... [+]

This level 9 academic postgraduate course, delivered online, aims to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role that social policies play in developing functioning and just societies. A second year leading to an M.Sc. in Applied Social Studies is available to eligible candidates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma. Students will consider the role of social policy in addressing some of the ‘wicked problems’ that contemporary societies face. Wicked problems are complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty, which are often resistant to the policy solutions put in place by governments. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level. Whether you are interested in social work, social policy, social care, or social change this course will provide you with new knowledge and perspectives. The programme attracts individuals from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors who want a sound grasp of the principles that underpin social policy and social service provision. This includes those:... [-]

Ireland Dublin
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Online
University of Stirling

On this MSc, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have a particular interest in cultural evolution and language, s ... [+]

Overview

On this MSc, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have a particular interest in cultural evolution and language, social learning and ‘mate choice’. Our staff are also at the forefront of new developments in applying evolutionary principles to address real-world issues.

Students interested in comparative approaches and animal behaviour will benefit from the knowledge of other members of our Behaviour and Evolution Research Group. Their world-leading research on behaviour and cognition in primates, dogs and elephants are being applied to real-world problems, including conservation, human-animal interaction and animal welfare.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus
University of Stirling

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 ... [+]

Overview

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus
University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is ranked first in Scotland for the study of criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2018), and our Applied Social Research (Criminology) Ma ... [+]

Overview

The University of Stirling is ranked first in Scotland for the study of criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2018), and our Applied Social Research (Criminology) Masters is ideal if you want to develop the skills and expertise you need to undertake robust research in the field of criminal justice.

We cover the principles of collecting, analysing and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data whilst also taking account of ethics, reliability and validity. You’ll critically examine the theoretical foundations that underpin criminology and socio-legal research, as well as exploring issues with comparative research and developing an understanding of the relationship between criminology research and policymaking.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 30 months
Campus
London South Bank University

Masters-level course is aimed at senior professional staff and decision makers in the housing profession. Covering: high-level strategic and policy content rather than fo ... [+]

Policy-based study

Please note: this programme will start in the 2019/20 academic year.

Are you senior professional and decision maker in the housing profession? Are you ambitious and looking to achieve a high-level position in the sector? This course focuses on focuses on contemporary housing-related policy and strategic issues, such as climate change and sustainability, politics, concepts of social justice and international housing.

Why Housing and Society at LSBU? You'll learn about the economic and political context of the UK housing market, as well as issues of sustainability and social justice. Students taking the course are likely to be tenant activists, housing association board members, civil servants, senior professionals and others who are looking for a policy rather than practice-based focus course of study. Visit the Netherlands to explore the role of housing in different national contexts and the relevance of international comparison. Delivery modes to suit all needs, from full-time study, to part-time and distance learning modes to best suit busy working professionals. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners with national and international reputations, who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research. Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas. Key course information - ordered by mode Mode Duration Start Date Location Full-time 12 months September Southwark Campus Part-time 24 months September Southwark Campus Modules Politics, housing, and social justice Representations of housing The housing market and... [-]
United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Amsterdam

The Research Master Business in Society aims to educate talented students for research-oriented careers such as a PhD, strategy consultant, policy-maker, or think-tank pa ... [+]

The Research Master Business in Society aims to educate talented students for research-oriented careers such as a PhD, strategy consultant, policy-maker, or think-tank participant, either in academia, government, not-for-profit organisations and commercial firms.

This challenging programme goes beyond training specialists of a narrow sub-field in business administration. Our objective is to develop our students’ capacity to grasp the intricate relationships between business and society, in order to make them able to address the grand challenges posed by e.g. the financial crisis, society’s request for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and the need for sustainability.... [-]

Netherlands Amsterdam
September 2019
Full-time
24 months
Campus
Middlesex University London

This master's degree is designed to provide students with an understanding of the criminological, legal and research context of cybercrime. Furthermore, it equips student ... [+]

Why study MSc Cybercrime and Digital Investigation at Middlesex University?

This makes it the ideal postgraduate qualification for professionals seeking a specialist role in a community or support service environment, such as victim support services, the police force, child protection, offender services, as well as corporate environments where there is a need to prevent and respond to cybercrime and issues related to online safety.

Middlesex is home to some of the UK's foremost authorities on cybercrime and cyber safety. Among them are the Programme Leader Dr Elena Martellozzo, who is currently co-leading a project on the use of online pornography funded by the NSPCC and the OCC and has recently worked with the Metropolitan Police to advance internet investigators' performance through the understanding of children and sex offenders' online activities, and Professor of Criminology Julia Davidson, who co-directed the first European study exploring internet offenders' online grooming practices on behalf of the European Commission Safer Internet Programme.... [-]

United Kingdom London UK Online
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Linköping University

During your first year, you gain perspectives on the philosophy of social science, primers in the science of human decision-making, and frameworks for connecting individu ... [+]

How do ideas spread? How do cities become segregated? The programme prepares you to harness complex data and advanced computational tools to address these and other important social questions.

Using statistical and computational methods to understand society and human behaviour

The increasing integration of technology into our lives has created unprecedented volumes of data on everyday social behaviour. Troves of detailed social data related to choices, affiliations, preferences and interests are now digitally archived by internet service providers, media companies, other private-sector firms, and governments. New computational approaches based on machine learning, agent-based modelling, natural language processing, and network science have made it possible to analyse these data in ways previously unimaginable.... [-]

Sweden Linköping
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Linnaeus University

Many of society’s most pressing problems fall far from the boundaries of traditional disciplinary research and require innovative analysis tools. The programme offers a w ... [+]

Are you interested to understand how the society works and to help its development? Do you want to do so using rigorous methods based on a complex system science approach?

Many of society’s most pressing problems fall far from the boundaries of traditional disciplinary research and require innovative analysis tools. The programme offers a wide-range of methodological training along with the opportunity to specialize in specific societal issues and provides the skills to conduct independent research.

To succeed in the programme is it crucial to hold a strong enthusiasm for data analysis and being able to learn and use different methods, most of which computer-based, such as statistical analysis, textual analysis, and social simulation.... [-]

Sweden Teleborg
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Radboud University

This Master's programme provides you with a thorough training in empirical research in the context of contemporary society. ... [+]

This Master's programme provides you with a thorough training in empirical research in the context of contemporary society. Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, you compare such social issues as inequality, poverty, the decline of organized religion, minorities and conflict and social cohesion in different countries - a unique approach in Europe. The programme is designed for all those who want to understand how society works and why countries differ from each other.

Programme

First year

Comparative theory and methodology (12 EC) Comparative research methods (18 EC) Comparative research applications (18 EC) Comparative research training (12 EC)

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Netherlands Nijmegen
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Walden University

Further your commitment to social change with an MS in Human and Social Services from Walden. Through a professionally focused online curriculum, interactive case studies ... [+]

Further your commitment to social change with an MS in Human and Social Services from Walden. Through a professionally focused online curriculum, interactive case studies and simulations, and an interprofessional approach, you can prepare to address the needs of individuals, communities, and organizations within a global context. Concepts and theories are brought to life through the use of animated case studies and a simulated community. You will investigate problems that are characteristic of human and social services support, accessing a number of organizations to understand possible strategies and solutions.

With a range of specializations to choose from, you can focus your studies on your interests and goals and develop the skills to excel in your field.... [-]

USA USA Online
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Online
HEC Paris School of Management

HEC Paris MSc Sustainability & Social Innovation is an exclusive program designed for high potential students aspiring to become influential change-makers and build m ... [+]

HEC Paris MSc Sustainability & Social Innovation is an exclusive program designed for high potential students aspiring to become influential change-makers and build more sustainable business models in today’s economies.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree to be eligible to apply (N.B.: they can apply in the same year they obtain their degree).

More information and online application: HEC Paris MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation

Master type: MSc

Study mode: Full-time

Start date: September

Duration: 10 months

Annual tuition fees (2018-2019): €23,350

Location: Paris

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France Paris
September 2019
Full-time
10 months
Campus