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The MSc Social Research is an advanced degree in social scientific methodology and is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a research training degree. It is suitable for those who wish to prepare for PhD research, as well as those seeking to increase key employability skills in qualitative fieldwork, quantitative data management, and data analytics.
Based in London in an incredibly culturally diverse area, you will have direct access to one of the most stimulating fieldwork areas through which experience will be acquired conducting ‘live sociology’.
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
As part of the admissions process, you may be offered an informal advisory meeting with the Programme Convenor.
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Founded in 1891, and part of the renowned University of London since 1904, Goldsmiths has a rich academic history but we’re also known for our creative approach. With world-leading research and high-quality teaching, a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths will empower you to change the world around you.Read more
I used to work full time, 9 to 5, in Peckham Jobcentre Plus, and had done this for a few years, until my son was born: this gave me a chance to re-think my daily routine, and consider the important things in life. What I most like about Goldsmiths are the supportive environment, the feeling that you are valued as an individual, and the mix of tools, both theoretical and practical, that have been proposed to me. There’s so much going on at Goldsmiths, and sometimes I have the impression that I miss a lot of events, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, seminars, and I wish I could have more time at hand. However, my compatibility with my work-life balance, I still have a chance to participate and enjoy the flexible arrangements and schedules of a lot of events, evening seminars, week end tutorials, remote web-based assistance, etc. There is a sense of being part of a lively community of learning and, by being encouraged to participate with own work and presentations, of contributing to a fruitful research enterprise.
For me, the MSc in Social Research was the perfect grounding for doctoral research. This rigorous and rewarding course allowed me to develop my quantitative and qualitative research skills, grow my sociological imagination and hone my writing skills. Supported and inspired by a fantastic teaching team, I have no doubt that this MSc is the reason I was successful in my funding application for an ESRC PhD studentship.
But the potential rewards of this course are not purely instrumental or financial. The MSc introduced me to a particular kind of sociology that is so alive here at Goldsmiths. What is more, it allowed me to get stuck in and try it for myself! It has shaped how I design and think about research, and ultimately set me off on a much longer intellectual journey. Highly recommended!
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