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Social Research Skills PgDip / MSc

Course Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of participants from the public, private and voluntary sectors who are interested in developing research and evaluation skills in subject areas informed by social policy concerns. This focus is reflected in the content of the specialist modules.

This Master's in Social Research Skills is entirely online and allows access to people anywhere provided they have web access.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/social-research-skills-9096

Course detail

- Description -

This courses provides advanced training in social research skills and policy evaluation in subject areas informed by social policy concerns.Modules on quantitative and qualitative methods and policy evaluation form the core of the programme. Participants in the MSc will also take two specialist modules and a linked independent study module in which they will demonstrate the application of research skills. The specialist modules are:

- Researching Social Inequality and Exclusion;

- Researching Peace and Conflict in Divided Societies.

- Purpose -

The courses are directed towards those wishing to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills to:

- Carry out research projects from the design to write-up stage.
- Critically appraise published and commissioned research.
- Develop the skills necessary for commissioning appropriate research and evaluation studies.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

All teaching and learning is online. Assessment is entirely through coursework, so there are no examinations.

Candidates shall be assessed in the modules for which they have enrolled in each year of study. At the discretion of the Board of Examiners, and very rarely, candidates may be required to provide additional evidence of competence such as a tele-link viva voce examination.

Career options

The course is designed to meet the needs of participants from the public, private and voluntary sectors who are interested in developing research and evaluation skills in subject areas informed by social policy concerns. Former students have gone on to become researchers in academia, in national and international NGOs and in both public and private sector. Some graduates have set up their own research consultancies, while others have used the qualification to help them gain promotion.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Social Research Skills PgDip / MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Margaret Mullan

"Participating in and completing this course has been a hugely rewarding and enriching experience for me. I had never previously experienced online learning and was initially unsure and a little daunted by the prospect. However the structure and support offered throughout enabled me to balance gaining my MSc with work and personal commitments."


Entry Requirements

Normally a BA Hons or BSc Hons degree in one of the social sciences or in a cognate area including a research methods component with a minimum 2.1 graduating average. English language entry requirements: View Website

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