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Course content

Social Science Research Methods (Management) provides comprehensive training in the process of research conceptualisation, design and operationalisation. It has been carefully formulated to reflect the training recommended by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is particularly suited for those seeking a career as a social science researcher or proceeding to a PhD in Management.

The programme delivers a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods available to the social scientist and of the principal methods of analysing data. The programme also covers the philosophies underpinning the research process, ethical considerations and social theory. You will be encouraged to apply your methods training to your substantive research interests.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units (20 M-level points each) followed by a dissertation (60 M-level points).

Core units (TB1)
-Qualitative Social Research
-Quantitative Social Research
-Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences

Core units (TB2)
-Researching Management, Institutions and Organisations
-ONE unit from Advanced Quantitative Research OR Advanced Qualitative Research

Optional units - You will choose one optional unit in Teaching Block 2 from:
-Research for a Sustainable Society
-Care, Labour and Gender
-Narrating the Self
-Interpreting Gender
-Climate change and International Security
-Global Justice
-East Asia, Europe & Global Integration
-The Politics of Insecurity
-Global Civil Society
-China's International Relations
-Japan & East Asia: Socio-Economic Development
-The Politics of (Un)sustainability
-Conflict, Security & Development

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

You will complete a dissertation in the summer term. The dissertation enables you to pursue an independent, in-depth study of a topic relating to management and organisation, reflecting on the epistemological and methodological issues covered in the taught element of the programme.


The programme will provide you with a sound basis for further study at doctoral level or your future career in a wide range of fields including business, the public sector and third sector organisations.

Visit the Social Science Research Methods (Management) MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!





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