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    04 September 2018

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This MSc is for you if you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods.

You can take this course before starting a PhD (this is called 1+3 study). You can also take this course as a stand-alone degree if you wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without doing a PhD.

How will I study?

You study:
-The philosophical underpinnings of research
-Research design
-Research ethics
-Quantitative and qualitative methods

Options in advanced research methods give you the key skills for carrying out doctoral-level research, or research outside an academic setting, for example in public policy.

You also take a research option in your chosen field of study, involving independent reading, attendance at research seminars, and regular individual supervisions with a member of faculty.

Taught modules are assessed by term papers or coursework portfolios. The research option is assessed by a 10,000-word dissertation.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


This MSc gives you a broad-based knowledge of research methods and methodologies – basic training for those who wish to use social science research in their career.

Our graduates have gone on to work in social research, international development non-governmental organisations, international aid agencies and socially responsible businesses.

Visit the Social Research Methods - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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