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This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding.

Overview

Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. 

You will be provided with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of how to construct effective research studies, of the variety of data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing social scientific data. You will also be introduced to the political and ethical frameworks within which social science research is conducted, and to some of the ways in which the results of social science research are disseminated.

The course pathways have ESRC recognition and they each provide the appropriate training basis for proceeding to a PhD. These programmes provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, the application of social research expertise for occupational career development, and the pursuit of substantive areas of interest at postgraduate level.

Criminology pathway

Criminology at Cardiff has a long-established international reputation and stature (it has been taught since 1976). Over the years we have welcomed a significant number of students from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our staff are nationally and internationally renowned for pioneering research and writing on both specialist and general topics. Our staff and your peer students bring a wide variety of histories and academic backgrounds to the programme which provides exciting exposure to a diversity of practical experiences as well as in-depth academic knowledge.

The Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ) has a thriving research culture supporting the work of over 30 doctoral students. You are actively encouraged to take part in the Centre’s activities and regularly present work in progress with academic staff at tri-weekly meetings.

The Criminology pathway provides you with analytic and research skills, an interdisciplinary knowledge base (as criminology draws upon the perspectives of sociology, social policy, law, psychology, and political science), and practical understanding of the production of criminological research.

Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with an understanding of:

  • How problems of crime, safety and justice can be investigated.
  • What research strategies, designs and methods of investigation can be used to evidence problems of crime, safety and justice.
  • How evidence about problems of crime, safety and justice can be analysed, interpreted, communicated and criticised.

Distinctive features

You will be supervised by academic staff with considerable expertise in their chosen fields. These staff members are actively involved in disseminating research via publications in academic and practitioner journals, books and presentations to conferences. Many staff members are involved in editing or reviewing for scholarly management journals.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Your programme will be made up of scheduled learning activities (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions) and guided independent study.

You will be expected to actively engage in all the educational activities on your programme of study, to prepare for and attend all scheduled teaching activities, and continue your development as an independent and self-directed learner.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor.

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment.

Career prospects

This programme provides knowledge and expertise suitable for careers in research and development, business, market studies, public agencies at international, national and local levels, education, teaching and other public services work, and voluntary organisations.

It also provides appropriate training for proceeding to a PhD.


Visit the Social Science Research Methods (Criminology) - MSc/PgDip page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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