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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    04 May 2018

Course content

Forge a career as a social researcher, social worker or a consultant in the public or private healthcare and care sectors with a Masters course in Sociology and Social Research. This programme is recognised by the ESRC as a research training course, is designed to equip postgraduate students with advanced knowledge of both issues and applied methods in sociological analysis.

The programme supports students in developing independent social research skills, and applying them in such contemporary subject areas as work, crime, migration, health, the media and the body. It also engages students in the discussion of issues and perspectives from both classical and contemporary sociological theories. The programme is an excellent grounding if you wish to pursue a PhD in sociology, and can also be a stepping stone for those who wish to pursue a career in the public, private or voluntary sector.

Introducing your course

Do you want to know more about the tools with which we study diverse areas of society, such as work, crime, migration, health, the media or the body? Our masters in Sociology and Social Research supports students in developing independent social research skills, and applying them in contemporary subject areas relevant to societal progress and knowledge.

It engages students in the discussion of issues and perspectives from both classical and contemporary sociological theories. The course provides an excellent grounding if you wish to pursue a PhD in sociology, and can also be a stepping stone for those looking for a career in the public, private or voluntary sector.

Overview

The aims of this programme are to provide you with:

  • an in-depth understanding of classical and contemporary themes and debates in sociology and of their application in the analysis of selected social issues
  • a knowledge of key issues in the philosophy of social science and the ability to apply this knowledge in the design and practice of social research
  • a knowledge of the techniques of data analysis utilised in the social sciences and their application
  • a knowledge of the principal methods of qualitative and quantitative research utilised in the social sciences, and an understanding of their application in different contexts
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research within the field of sociology, utilising appropriate research methodologies, and grounded in an understanding of the process of research management and ethical and legal issues associated with the conduct of social research
  • the capacity to present ideas, arguments and research findings through different means of communication

View the programme specification document for this course


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