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This programme draws on the range of expertise available within the Department, as well as related academic departments, in order to provide an advanced training in social research methodologies, combined with the opportunity to focus on a substantive social science area.
The MSc programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop sophistication in research design and quantitative and qualitative research, and to undertake courses in one or more social science disciplines. You will acquire skills of ‘practical scholarship’ and the ability to design, conduct, analyse and report a social research project. The MSc Social Research Methods also offers more specialised streams in Social Policy, Population and Gender.
The syllabus for the MSc goes some way beyond the
2:1 degree or equivalent in social science. Relevant professional experience also considered
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.
The social policy aspect of the course is really interesting and relevant to the kind of job I am hoping to get next year. The research methods part of the course is very broad and covers both quantitative and qualitative methods which will be very useful when applying for a job.
Several things attracted me to LSE: the content of the programme, expert research, good facilities, etc; but especially the idea of being taught by the movers and shakers in the social policy research field and being part of a really diverse student body – mixing with people from all over the world with widely different backgrounds. Being in the centre of London is a bonus!
As a mature student with years of work experience behind me, my year at LSE has updated my research skills which I haven't used for ten years, hopefully enabling me to leapfrog into the sort of job I would have had if I hadn't had my children!
Social Research Methods provides an excellent foundation for future research activity: some of the techniques that I will have to master for effective research are not exciting in themselves, so it is much better to learn the basic principles as part of a group than slogging away in the dark on my own half way in to a doctoral programme! The programme provides a good balance between 'Method' and actual content, enabling me to start initial research in my chosen field. Overall, an excellent 'pre-doc' programme.
I had a number of reasons for choosing LSE – good ratings for this programme; convenience – this is my home town; parallel research interests amongst the faculty to my intended area of study. Something I like about my programme (apart from the consistently excellent teaching) is that LSE encourages graduate students to fend for themselves while at the same time providing a fair level of support when needed. After my MSc I intend to pursue doctoral studies.
I chose the MSc in Social Research Methods at LSE because it gave specific training in social research methods for marketing research. Also, I was looking for research training to apply for a doctoral program, which I am currently doing at Henley Business School. LSE was an unforgettable experience! For my family and I, the LSE experience has been one of the greatest milestones in our lives.
The programme prepares you really well for both applied and academic research. It’s very practical. There are almost as many teachers as students, so you can get lots of help if you need it, particularly for your dissertation. The department’s atmosphere is relaxed and collaborative, with great administrative support, which contributes to a stress-free experience. It’s inter-disciplinary as well, meaning everyone has different research interests.
I feel like the quality and breadth of methods training available has been invaluable in terms of building my skills both for research consultancies and academic research. I worked for four years in health research before my masters, which made me appreciate even more how important these skills are to being a confident and independent researcher. I find that in the professional world, it’s much easier to pick up content knowledge than methodological knowledge so I would definitely recommend using your masters to pick up practical methods skills.
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