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WHY MSC BY RESEARCH IN SOCIAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES

The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences has been designed to offer a range of pathways for you to research your chosen subject interests within Social and Applied Sciences, whilst sharing in the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component of course.

You’ll share a breadth of experience – the multi- disciplinary nature of the taught component means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues, allied with subject specific supervision, allowing you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences across the natural and social sciences in addition to a focus on your own research topic.

The Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences is committed to developing excellent researchers. A number of nationally recognised clusters/centres exist within the Faculty (e.g. SPEAR, ERG, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology) demonstrating a wide range of research interests. These can be found on the Faculty research webpages along with associated staff.

We strive to deliver high-quality researcher training course rooted in research strengths across the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, providing an innovative and flexible framework in which to develop and exploit the very best postgraduate research training possible.

This exciting course “develops innovative training provision which cuts across disciplines and works at the boundaries with other scientific traditions”. It explicitly recognises the need to “offer high-quality integrated core provision in research skills and research methods training as well as subject-specific training” while using “flexible and imaginative methods of training provision and delivery”. (ESRC 2009).

It offers you the opportunity to complete an MSc in your chosen subject area over the course of one year (two years if part time). Beginning in early September, the course combines 60 credits of taught modules in the first (Michaelmas) term with 120 credits of research during the remainder of the year.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This course is suitable for students who wish to continue their studies beyond undergraduate level.

The course is ideal if you:

  • may want to continue to doctoral level;
  • wish to enhance your qualifications for career reasons;
  • would like to undertake a research-based, rather than taught Masters;
  • recognise the need for research training in your chosen career;
  • wish to learn in a multi-disciplinary environment.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You’ll follow a course of advanced study and research under the guidance of academic tutors and supervisors. This MSc aims to develop researchers who are conceptually aware, who can utilise a range of skills and methods, and who, in a multi-disciplinary environment, can practice and develop their own research capabilities, and disseminate that research in a meaningful way.

It offers you a wide range of specifically named pathways located within research subject areas.

Depending on the availability of supervisors, students will be able to choose to register for an MSc by Research in the following areas.  

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED?

You will work closely with a supervisor on a research topic(s) leading to research output(s). The choice of topic will depend on your subject area, your expertise and that of your supervisor. In some instances you will have a research topic identified in advance by your supervisor, working on a specific project within existing research clusters in the Faculty.

Your MSc will be awarded based on grades obtained for the 40 credits of taught modules and 140 credits for a dissertation or other research-based outputs. The 40 credits taught component of the course is comprised of two modules:

  • Research Praxis
  • Research Methods

In the first week of your studies you will meet with your supervisor and familiarise yourself with your research topic.

The second week of the course will be an intensive week of lectures and practicals spread across the two modules. The following six weeks will include a range of optional sessions in both modules, or some specific sessions identified for students in specific subject areas.

After the second week all lectures, seminars and practicals will be held on Wednesday afternoons.

IS MY RESEARCH AREA LIMITED TO ONE OF THE RESEARCH CLUSTERS?

You may choose to focus your research in an area that is not directly covered in one of these clusters; however, your chosen area must be represented in the subject areas approved by the Graduate School so that support and guidance can be provided.

You’ll be expected to outline your proposed topic of research at the application stage. You will be provided with a supervisor upon arrival, agreed by mutual consent.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will take many forms including traditional essays, team assignments, reflective logs, oral presentations, etc. All assessments will be completed before the end of the first term. You must pass all modules (40 credits) to progress to the research stage of the course. If any module is failed you’ll have one opportunity to resubmit prior to continuing with the research component of the module.

The largest part of the assessment will be based on your research output(s). Working with your Supervisor, you will have to decide what format the research output(s) will take. It may be a dissertation of approximately 16,000-20,000 word equivalent or a couple of research reports or research papers each of approximately 8,000 words in length.

FEES

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.


Visit the Computing by Research - MSc page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!

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