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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 1-2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit website for more details

  • Last Updated

    30 November 2017

Course content

Programme description

This programme is designed to provide a firm grounding in the theory, philosophy and methods of social research, as well as opportunities to develop an area of substantive interest within the social sciences.

This programme combines compulsory training in a combination of quantitative and qualitative social research skills with the essentials of research design; you’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of the key issues, approaches and techniques of research in the social sciences, and the ability to conduct quality social research of value to the public, policymakers, professionals, and the academic community.

Practical application of your skills is also a priority, and you will have the option to base your dissertation on work-based experience.

Recognised as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council, the programme is also eligible for the Open Societies Foundation grant scheme.

Programme structure

The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete three compulsory courses for the PgCert and an additional three option courses for the MSc.

MSc students will also produce an independently researched dissertation, which may be based on a placement you undertake at a workplace of your choosing.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will understand many of the key philosophical and theoretical debates in social-scientific research, as well as mastering a number of methodological skills and approaches to data collection and analysis.

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with research skills that can be used as the basis of doctoral research, potentially leading to an academic career. Past students have also found research positions in both the public and private sectors.

You will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.


Visit the Social Research (MSc/PgCert) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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