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Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning) MSc/PgDip

Course content

Our MSc/PGDip 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.

Environmental Planning pathway:

This program provides the opportunity to acquire generic research skills required by all social science researchers, as well as the subject-specific requirements of the ESRC’s Environmental Planning Subject Area Panel.


Students can complete either a PGDip or MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Environmental Planning). Both routes can be completed in one year by full-time study. For part-time study, the PGDip can be completed in two years and the MSc can be completed in three years.

You will be required to complete six 20-credit modules - five core research modules and one specialist pathway module.

• PGDip

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:


For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:


• MSc

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:


For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:



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.


You will have to successfully complete the taught component which comprises of 120 credits.

For the MSc, you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words

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 (Environmental Planning) MSc/PgDip page on the Cardiff University website for more details!




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