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    13 September 2018

This Master's degree in Social Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences.

Key Features of MSc in Social Research Methods

Teaching and Employability:

  • Teaching is carried out by highly-respected, research active, professionals conducting research across a range of research areas and publishing in top international journals
  • Students benefit from state-of-the-art technology with over twenty general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
  • Specialist modules in criminology, social work and human geography, research leadership and management 
  • Emphasis on development of ethical, knowledgeable, skilful social researchers” through critical discussion, up to date information, debates and presentations

MSc in Social Research Methods is a highly regarded and prestigious qualification which has been developed to:

  • enable students to develop practical research skills and advanced methodological expertise (both qualitative and quantitative);
  • instil familiarity with research ethics and governance, and
  • gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Elective modules and a dissertation provide scope for specialisation in applied social sciences, including but not limited to: criminology, human geography, social work and health. 

This Master’s degree in Social Research Methods has ESRC accreditation and provides advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences. The degree instils familiarity with research ethics and governance, and students gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Social Research Methods students are encouraged to devise research dissertations themselves (supported by an academic supervisor).

Social Research Methods Course Structure

Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, group-project work and individual study. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor appropriate to their chosen area of study.

The Social Research Methods course is made up of six 20-credit modules (Part 1) and a 60-credit dissertation (Part 2).


Social Research Methods students are continually assessed; however, they should contact the admission tutor of the course for detailed information. Each module assignment has a pass mark of 50%. 


Modules on the Social Research Methods programme typically include:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Theory of Digital Information and Society
  • Computational Thinking skills for Digital Social Scientists
  • Advanced Research in Human Geography
  • Theories and Frameworks for Management Research
  • Contemporary Research Issues in Management
  • Scientific Computing and Health Care
  • Health Data Modelling
  • Case Studies in Applied Social Research: Social Work
  • Case Studies in Applied Social Res: Applied Research in Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Social science research in sport and exercise

Who should apply?

The Social Research Methods course is suitable for:

  • students who want to prepare themselves for the challenge of MPhil or PhD study; who are already professionally involved in working with people in the social sector and want to develop their own skills and professional expertise
  • students from different academic disciplines who are interested in conducting social research and are interested in seeking employment or already have employment in both public and private sectors
  • previous students are those with backgrounds in social policy, sociology, law, criminology, human geography, politics, arts and humanities, ageing studies , psychology and health science
  • anyone wanting to add a valuable qualification as part of developing a full academic career
  • anyone who is interested in society, social behaviour, and social change and would like to learn more
  • anyone working in, or wishing to work in, government or voluntary organisations, and commercial areas where social research is undertake

Staff Expertise

Contributing lecturers are renowned nationally and internationally. For example, Professor David Hughes has published on the universal coverage healthcare reforms of Thailand and Turkey, Debbie Jones jointly led on The Student Sex Workers' project from Swansea University's Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The MSc in Social Research methods is serviced by research active staff, many of whom are leaders in their field of research. The team has strong links with Criminology whose staff have been awarded Howard league Research Medal 2013 for work on the Swansea Bureau Youth Scheme. Lecturers from the course also include those from the world renowned Centre for Innovative Aging and also Human Geography. 

Career Prospects

Past students in Social Research Methods have gone on to be employed in public and private sectors, research work, PhD, vocational work, the criminal justice system, social work, environmental health, teaching, local government, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and health and social care.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


Social Research Methods students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

Visit the Social Research Methods MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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