Applied Social Research MSc


University of Stirling    Education and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September, January PGCert, PGDip, MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time Award winner
Education (11) Social Work (32) Sociology (33)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the Applied Social Research MSc programme at the University of Stirling. This comprehensive course equips you with the essential skills to conduct rigorous social research and evaluation. Delve into both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, while exploring the ethical considerations vital to the field. Uncover the theoretical foundations underpinning social scientific research and its implications for policymaking. The programme's Professional Accreditation by the ESRC ensures its alignment with PhD research training guidelines in various disciplines. With a focus on employability, graduates are well-prepared for careers in research across public, voluntary, and private sectors. The flexible module structure, including a dissertation project, allows for in-depth learning and skill development. Entry requirements include a second-class honours degree or relevant work experience, with pathways available for those needing additional preparation. Elevate your research skills and career prospects with the Applied Social Research MSc programme.

About the course

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. Finally, you’ll develop an understanding of the relationship between research and policymaking.

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

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Entry 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.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma if you don’t meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you’ll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.




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