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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Economics

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time up to 5 years flexible learning

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    03 January 2018

Course content

The MSc in Social Research Methods is a degree offering advanced training in social research methods, designed to be flexible to accommodate students arriving with a range of previous methodological training. The core modules offer a strong grounding in the research process and quantitative and qualitative methods. The optional modules allow students to build on these and develop more advanced skills in particular methods of interest.

About this degree

This degree is designed to cover the research methods used in collating evidence for the design, critique and evaluation of substantive issues in the social sciences. Students will gain hands-on experience in a range of methodologies used to study issues of interest in the real world. Students will be expected to apply their understanding of methodology to critique existing research, to design their own research, carry out their own analysis and communicate this clearly to academic specialists and non-specialists. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

Students spend the fiirst term studying a range of core methods, before specialising in more advanced techniques in the second term. Exemptions may be given from some introductory modules for students with a strong background in a particular methodology.

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Regression Analysis
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Survey Design
  • Systematic Review Design and Planning

Optional modules

Students take three of the following advanced optional modules. Students who gain exemption from any core modules will take optional modules to make up the difference.

  • Longitudinal Data and Analysis
  • Impact Evaluation Methods
  • Using Stata Efficiently and Effectively
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Systematic Reviews for Complex Policy Issues
  • Research Engagement, Participation and Impact

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via face-to-face daytime lectures, seminars and practical computer workshops. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a 10,000- to 12,000-word dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Social Research Methods MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • university and college lecturers and researchers
  • civil servants
  • third sector employees
  • teachers
  • journalists
  • social researchers
  • market researchers.

Employability

There are a range of employers seeking students with suitable skills in research including government departments, academic institutions, the media, financial analysis and marketing.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Social Science is a research-intensive department with world-leading experts in quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodology - as well as a broad range of social science substantive subjects. We have a lively community of staff, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students involved in seminars, workshops and reading groups in addition to formal teaching.

Our department specialises in applying research methods to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.

The department’s staff have a broad range of interests, which includes expertise in economics, sociology, psychology, social statistics, survey methods and data collection, mixed-methods research, and the techniques of policy evaluation.

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Visit the Social Research Methods (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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