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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Social Research Methods course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    14 June 2019

Gain advanced training in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the social sciences with our Master’s degree in Social Research Methods.

As a student on the Social Research Methods course, you will develop a keen understanding of research ethics and governance, and learn about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

You will learn to use a variety of research tools such as databases, statistical software, and computer programmes and develop extensive practical research skills to apply in a range of social science contexts.

Why Social Research Methods at Swansea?

Based in our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines.

According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014-2021, over 75% of research carried out at the college was of international or world-leading quality.

You will have access to state-of-the-art technology with more than twenty general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities.

This Master’s degree in Social Research Methods course is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Your Social Research Methods experience

Our wide range of optional modules on the Social Research Methods course means that you can tailor your studies to your particular interests and goals for further study.

Our academic team is made up of highly-respected, internationally-published professionals active in a range of research areas including criminology, social work, human geography, research leadership and management.

You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Social Research Methods careers

A Master’s degree in Social Research Methods opens up career development opportunities in a range of fields, including:

  • Local and national government
  • Voluntary sector
  • Criminal justice system
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Health and social care
  • Environmental health

Social Research Methods modules

You will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules covering key aspects of qualitative and quantitative research, statistical methods, ethics and philosophy of social research, and data collection methods. You will also complete a dissertation.

Modules on the Social Research Methods course may include:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Advanced Research in Human Geography
  • Scientific Computing and Health Care
  • Health Data Modelling
  • Case Studies in Applied Social Research: Social Work
  • Theory of Digital Information and Society
  • Computational Thinking skills for Digital Social Scientists
  • Social science research in sport and exercise
  • Advanced Research in Human Geography
  • Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Scientific Computing and Health Care
  • Health Data Modelling
  • Dissertation (Social Research Methods)

How you're taught on the Social Research Methods course

The Social Research Methods course is taught through lectures, seminars, group-project work and individual study. During the course you will be assigned a Personal Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor to support you throughout your chosen area of study.

The course is made up of six 20-credit modules (Part one) and a 60 credit dissertation (Part two).

Learning is continually assessed throughout the course and each module assignment has a pass mark of 50%.

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

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