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Sociological Research - MSc


Course Description

-Would you like cutting edge training in methods for careers in research and industry?
-Do you want to develop sophisticated analytical and practical skills?
-Are you looking for a course featuring outstanding teaching led by internationally respected scholars?

This programme aims to educate and train students to give them the requisite skills and knowledge to become an effective, professional sociological researcher. This entails teaching them:
-The philosophical underpinnings of sociology
-Key issues and questions in sociology
-Key sociological theories
-Key issues in selected substantive areas of sociology (students are offered a range of options of such substantive areas)
-Principles of research design
-Techniques and principles of quantitative analysis
-Techniques and principles of qualitative analysis

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.
Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by course work, mainly via 3,000 word essays or the equivalent, plus a 12,000 word dissertation.

Career opportunities

Students who complete this MSc are suitably placed to pursue a PhD. In addition they are skilled to pursue social research careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates who do not pursue a research career typically enter a wide range of graduate level occupations.

Visit the Sociological Research - MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Generally a 2:1 Honours Degree (or overseas equivalent) in Sociology or a Social Science subject is required for direct master's entry.

Last Updated

03 May 2017

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