This programme is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their academic record and employability profile, providing a range of transferrable skills for the workplace, as well as a foundation for those wishing to go on to further training in a variety of professional fields. It will be of value and relevance to students from both the UK and overseas.
You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of social scientific theory and research methods, alongside more specialist material from a selection of fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social and public policy.
It is not possible to provide a single course description for the MSc in Social Science due to the unique character of this programme. Each student will experience the course in a very different way, depending on the particular module choices that they make.
This course offers opportunities for you to work in an interdisciplinary social science environment and to benefit from a breadth of substantive, theoretical and methodological expertise with leading scholars.
It is one of the few courses available in the UK that provides you with the freedom to piece together your own programme of study, drawing from a number of different fields such as childhood and youth studies; crime, safety and justice; education; social and public policy.
You will have the opportunity to develop your expertise in social theory and research methods and design through the core modules offered on the programme.
The course can be completed in one year with full-time study or in two years by part-time study.
A 20-credit module comprises 200 hours of study, including about 30 hours of contact time, and the MSc as a whole 1800 hours of study.
The MSc in Social Science is organised around two 30-credit core modules, one 60-credit supervised dissertation on a social scientific topic of your choice, and three 20-credit specialist modules taken from other postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Social Sciences.
For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:
Modules employ a diverse range of teaching including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent guided study. All modules within the programme make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.
The programme benefits from being located in an inter-disciplinary environment so that in parts of the course, you will come into contact with staff and students from other subject areas and, in other parts of the course, with staff and students in the same substantive area.
You will be expected to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials as set out in the timetable for MSc students. These sometimes sit outside the regular pattern of university attendance and may include day, evening and weekend study and on occasion may fall outside the standard semester dates. You will also be expected to undertake independent study in preparation for lectures, seminars and assessments.
Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, reports, reviews and presentations.
The programme is suitable for anyone wishing to enhance their academic record and employability profile, providing a range of transferrable skills for the workplace, as well as a foundation for those wishing to go on to further training in a variety of professional fields.