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Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc programme provides you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that currently shape social sciences. It also provides an opportunity to develop specialised research methods skills in social policy in an internationally renowned department for Social Policy research.

The Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme consists of compulsory and optional modules, delivered across four different academic schools within the University, which means you benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to your studies. The academic schools involved are:

  • School of Social, Political, and Geographical Sciences
  • School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Science.

On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the MSc training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC. Further information regarding the future career prospects associated with this programme can be found below.

The modules are taught by leading researchers selected for their expertise in the taught research methods and topics.

What you'll study

Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc programme is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study.

Modules

Social Science Research (Social Policy) covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory

  • Philosophy of Social Science (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Research Design and Practice (20 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Specialist Research Methods: Understanding Social Policy Research
  • Dissertation

Optional:

  • Doing Research with Young People in their Socio-spatial Contexts (10 credits)
  • Advanced Content Analysis
  • Methodological Advances in Applied Ethnography (10 credits)
  • Applied Conversation Analysis - 10 credits
  • Methodological Implications of Critical Realism (10 credits)

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Field trips
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Social Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

On completion of the Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme, you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, and will be therefore equipped to pursue a doctorate in a number of sports and exercise science fields.

Your personal development

Our Social Science Research (Social Policy) programme provides an opportunity to develop specialised research skills relating to social policy within a school that is internationally renowned in this field.


Visit the Social Science Research (Social Policy) MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

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