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Social Research

Course Description

Your programme of study

This programme gives you a solid advanced set of skills and processes to allow to analyse in all sorts of situations. You may be evaluating projects, observing issues with IT and people using systems, or understanding why people reacted to a specific issue in the way they did. You may end up working for research agencies, social research departments within public sector organisations, private research companies such as Ipsos and Mori which are well known and third sector organisations. Your degree will allow you to work in wide ranging sectors and you can go on to teach and research, publishing in your own right.

The programme educates you to gain knowledge, understanding and skills in quantitative and qualitative methods; and in transferable skills to enable you to communicate research findings to a wide range of audiences. If you don't want to study for MRes there are a number of options open to you which will add value to either your current career or allow you to consider a change of direction.  The programme is very flexible so if you want to apply for this programme you can apply in any month of the year. You get  great range of project work, presentations, essays and practice in communication. Teaching is provided from a virtuous circle of internationally respected research in the Centre for European Survey Research and New Europe Centre for Global Security Governance.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Qualitative Sociology: Philosphy and Methods

Advanced Social Theory

Semester 2

Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods

Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research

Semester 3


Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page


Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by internationally renowned researchers known in their field
  • The qualification is recognised by the Scottish Government Postgraduate Award Scheme
  • You study in world-class library facilities

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 4 Months, 9 Months,12 Months, 21 Months, 24 Months
  • MRes, PgDip, PgCert, or RPS
  • September or any month

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page



Living in Aberdeen

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  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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Living costs


Visit the Social Research page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Masters Scholarship - 20+ Awards

University of Aberdeen has a high academic standard and quality within all of its programmes. It wishes to promote talent and encourage students from:
African Countriesto study a postgraduate qualification at University of Aberdeen

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are available in January and September
You must have an unconditional offer for a masters taught programme
You must be a full time international student
You must be based at the Aberdeen City campus for your studies

Application Procedure

Once you have received your firm offer from the Vice Principle you will receive a scholarship offer.
Instructions will be sent to you about how to accept your scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours Degree. IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE)
English Language Requirements
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Last Updated

17 August 2017

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