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Our Masters in Social Research degree will provide you with a sound background in social research design and the most up-to-date training in methods of data collection and analysis.

The College of Social Sciences welcomes all postgraduates to the MA in Social Research programme which continues to enjoy full Research Training recognition by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

The different pathways and the combination of core modules and advanced training courses on more advanced topics provide maximum flexibility and different levels of intensity for taught postgraduate students and doctoral researchers. You can customise your research training throughout the course of your study at Birmingham. The core elements of the programme are delivered by research active staff across the entire College, many of whom are engaged in cutting-edge research in their own fields. You will benefit by undertaking this training with students from different departments in the Schools of Social Policy, Business, Education and Government and Society. Above all, you will learn how to communicate research findings effectively and develop an understanding of the potential impact of your research within and beyond academia.

Core modules

  • Philosophy of Social Research (20 credits)
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research (20 credits)

Students registered for the MA in the college or in one of the schools (named MA programmes below) can select up to 40 credits of modules from their school MA programmes instead of four advanced training courses:

Learning and teaching

Students are expected to engage in high-level discussion during all sessions. Teaching will be delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and computer workshops. Some fieldwork involving primary data collection is required where appropriate.

Employability

Many students go on to do a PhD after completing this MA. Others have followed a career in local authorities, government departments, health authorities, management consultancy, media, the voluntary sector.


Visit the Social Research - MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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