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    Full time & Part time available

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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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    08 August 2019

Focus on research specialisms encompassing sociology, social policy, politics, criminology, education studies, urban studies, youth studies and cultural studies. Study a range of research methodologies including interview-based narrative and biographical research, case studies, media analysis and statistical analysis of large data sets. Critique current developments, then design and conduct your own original research.

  • Learn social research methods and the supporting theories and philosophies.
  • Develop areas of specialist interests and integrate these into your methodological training.
  • Benefit from discussing research issues with students from other postgraduate and doctoral courses.

'The course was a perfect mix of social theory combined with practical research. It gave me the confidence and experience needed to secure my current job. I'm now working for a housing association in a policy and service development role.'

Pete Crean, MRes Social Science, 2018 graduate

Applied learning

The course includes a research-based dissertation, which may become a pilot study towards a PhD. Several recent students have gone onto doctoral level study. You can also take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Social Science Research Methods.

You learn through:

  • essays
  • research projects
  • presentations
  • research proposals

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • nursing
  • research administration
  • high executive officer positions
  • the probation service
  • research and lecturing

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • BMI General Healthcare
  • Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield
  • Graduate Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Department for Education and Employment
  • National Probation Service

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

City Campus map

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation (Social Sciences) - 60 credits - Coursework 
  • Philosophies Of Research: Classical Social Theory - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Philosophies Of Research: Contemporary Social Theory - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Principles Of Methodology: Positivist Tradition - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Principles Of Methodology: Social Constructionism - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Qualitative Research 115 credits - Coursework 
  • Survey Method 1: Design And Application - 15 credits - Coursework 

Elective modules:

  • Discourse And Linguistic Theory And Analysis - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Qualitative Research 2 - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Survey Method 2: Descriptive Analysis And Statistical Significance - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Survey Method 3: Modelling Survey Data - 15 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.


Visit the Social Science (MRes) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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