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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Social Research Methods at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Social Research Methods at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This Master's degree in Social Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences.

Key Features of MSc in Social Research Methods

Teaching and Employability:

- Teaching is carried out by highly-respected, research active, professionals conducting research across a range of research areas and publishing in top international journals

- Students benefit from state-of-the-art technology with over twenty general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities

- Specialist modules in criminology, social work and human geography, research leadership and management

- Emphasis on development of ethical, knowledgeable, skilful social researchers” through critical discussion, up to date information, debates and presentations

MSc Social Research Methods is a highly regarded and prestigious qualification which has been developed to:

- enable students to develop practical research skills and advanced methodological expertise (both qualitative and quantitative);

- instil familiarity with research ethics and governance, and

- gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Elective modules and a dissertation provide scope for specialisation in applied social sciences, including but not limited to: criminology, human geography, social work and health.

This Master’s degree in Social Research Methods has ESRC accreditation and provides advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences. The degree instils familiarity with research ethics and governance, and students gain knowledge about theoretical research concerns across the spectrum of social science disciplines.

Students on the Social Research Methods course are encouraged to devise research dissertations themselves (supported by an academic supervisor).

Modules

Modules on the Social Research Methods programme typically include:

Qualitative Research Methods

Introduction to Research and Study Skills

Data Collection Methods

Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research

Quantitative Research Methods

Advanced Research in Human Geography

Research Leadership and Project Management

Case Studies in Applied Social Research: Social Work

Case Studies in Applied Social Res: Applied Research in Crime & Criminal Justice

Dissertation (Social Research)

Social Research Methods Course Structure

Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, group-project work and individual study. All Social Research Methods students are assigned a Personal Tutor and Dissertation Supervisor appropriate to their chosen area of study.

The Social Research Methods course is made up of six 20-credit modules (Part 1) and a 60-credit dissertation (Part 2).

Who should apply?

The Social Research Methods course is suitable for:

- students who want to prepare themselves for the challenge of MPhil or PhD study; who are already professionally involved in working with people in the social sector and want to develop their own skills and professional expertise

- students from different academic disciplines who are interested in conducting social research and are interested in seeking employment or already have employment in both public and private sectors

- previous students are those with backgrounds in social policy, sociology, law, criminology, human geography, politics, arts and humanities, ageing studies , psychology and health science

- anyone wanting to add a valuable qualification as part of developing a full academic career

- anyone who is interested in society, social behaviour, and social change and would like to learn more

- anyone working in, or wishing to work in, government or voluntary organisations, and commercial areas where social research is undertake

Career Prospects

Past Social Research Methods students have gone on to be employed in public and private sectors, research work, PhD , vocational work, the criminal justice system, social work, environmental health, teaching, local government, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and health and social care.

Staff Expertise

Contributing lecturers are renowned nationally and internationally. For example, Professor David Hughes has published on the universal coverage healthcare reforms of Thailand and Turkey, Debbie Jones jointly led on The Student Sex Workers' project from Swansea University's Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The MSc Social Research methods is serviced by research active staff, many of whom are leaders in their field of research. The team has strong links with Criminology whose staff have been awarded Howard league Research Medal 2013 for work on the Swansea Bureau Youth Scheme. Lecturers from the course also include those from the world renowned Centre for Innovative Aging and also Human Geography.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Develop your skills in research design. Complete intensive training in social research methods and approaches. Learn to present aspects of research in a range of engaging ways. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Develop your skills in research design
  • Complete intensive training in social research methods and approaches
  • Learn to present aspects of research in a range of engaging ways

Social Research in Education at Winchester offers a programme of focused study of research methods applicable to educational settings and educational enquiry. You are equipped and encouraged to develop an in-depth understanding of research methods, research design, and the cultural and ethical contexts in which educational research takes place. The course helps you to develop advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills, which support you in starting or enhancing a career in research or as a senior professional able to support others in research endeavours, for example in schools.

We focus on research design, which enables you to select appropriate approaches and methods to carry out investigations. It provides you with the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills, along with the ability to analyse and communicate complex ideas, and creatively plan and manage an independent postgraduate research project in education. It also equips you with the necessary skills to undertake further doctoral study.

You study core modules in Quantitative Methods in Social Research, Qualitative Methods in Social Research, and Theory, and Practice and Ethics in Social Research. You may choose to target a particular aspect of educational practice for data collection, although assignments analyse data collection methods, analysis approaches or ethical aspects of the research rather than the content of the practice.

There is also a final dissertation project, for which you choose an empirical or theoretical aspect of research methodology and explore it. This may also include an investigation of an aspect of education that interests you. You participate in workshops and seminars, and on-going online and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students. These include debating issues such as ethical considerations in research, and help develop some of the underpinning research skills.

Careers

Graduates of the course are equipped to pursue careers in educational research, as research officers working for educational bodies such as local authorities, as contract researchers, or as project officers working on funded projects in higher education or research institutes.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work experience

Students who are not currently working in an educational setting need to establish clear links with at least one setting for research purposes.

Learning and teaching

Start dates: September

Distance learning available: For research methods modules. Independent study supervisions may be conducted by Skype or email.

Teaching takes place: Weekends. However, the Theory, Practice and Ethics in Social Research module is taught at the summer school in June/July, and one weekend in September.

Workshops and seminars develop some of the underpinning research skills. Students are part of ongoing online and face-to-face discussions with tutors and other students, and are equipped to present aspects of research in a range of ways.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

Assessed work includes portfolios of completed tasks, essays, presentations and posters; all assessments are given numerical grades. For the dissertation, students choose an empirical or theoretical aspect of research methodology, and explore this through a project which may also explore an aspect of education that interests them.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.



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Why study at Roehampton. You can choose to complete this programme as a PGC, PGD or MA. This programme is suitable for students completing research in Business, Education or Social Science. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • You can choose to complete this programme as a PGC, PGD or MA.
  • This programme is suitable for students completing research in Business, Education or Social Science.
  • Roehampton has been ranked the most research-intensive modern university in the country (REF 2014).
  • External assessors have rated the innovative "general research skills" module very highly and commented favourably on the assessment mix.
  • The course has 1+3 recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Course summary

This course is perfect if you are looking to embark on a successful career as a researcher or academic and will provide you with the necessary training as part of your study for your MPhil/PhD.

The course is distinctive in providing students with an exciting opportunity to develop expertise in a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods of data collection and analysis with a focus on their application to real-world issues.

The course has 1+3 recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council. Only three Education Departments in post-92 universities have this prestigious kitemark.

In order to enhance your engagement with the issues to be examined, and to allow flexibility over how you manage your time, the Social Research Methods programme will be delivered through weekly sessions in the Autumn and Spring semesters supplemented by tutorial support available (both face-to-face and electronically). Evening sessions are provided for part-time students.

Content

All three levels of the programme will include an introduction to the processes and issues involved in designing a quantitative or qualitative research project. You will also undertake modules that will introduce you to the methods of quantitative (including use of SPSS) and qualitative (including use of CAQDAS) research, giving you the skills and confidence to use these approaches to data collection and analysis in your own research.

If you progress to do a PGD or MA you will also explore the philosophy of social science research where you will examine the relationship between epistemology, ontology and methodology. Furthermore, you will explore concepts that underpin educational and social research including empiricism, rationalism, hermeneutics, feminism, post-modernism and critical realism and critique their relation to objectivity, causation, and validity.

You will also focus on key elements of the Research Councils’ Joint Statement of Skills Training for Research Students. You can then choose to study interpretations of the concept of education - and their implications for research - and the role of values in educational theory and research methodologies, or the basic theoretical concepts in social theory, with a particular emphasis on sociology and social policy.

Masters students will complete a dissertation in an area of their choosing in the fields of education or the social sciences.

The PG certificate course addresses core features of social research methods, focusing on different forms of data and how they can be collected and analysed. MA-level study is aimed at students who either want a discrete research-based MA or want to run a pilot study for an MPhil/PhD research project.

Modules

The following is a list of modules that you need to take to complete the different awards: 

PGCert

  • The Design of Social Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods of Data Collection & Analysis
  • Quantitative Research Methods of Data Collection and Analysis

PGDip

  • All of the PGC modules and
  • Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • General Research Skills

plus one of two optional modules:

  • Educational Research & the Social Sciences
  • Social Theory and Social Research

MA

  • All of the PGD modules and
  • Dissertation

Career options

This is THE course for those wishing to be employed in the research field of education and/or social sciences.

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Your programme of study

If you want to develop your career in academic research within a medical environment and you need the research methodology to do this, Medical Research Skills will enable you to provide wide ranging research techniques to not only improve and widen your career and employability, but make a name for yourself within your chosen field of expertise. You can also undertake medical research toward spin-out innovation as a direct result of your research within a university environment after graduating. The PG Cert is and ideal start to ensuring you are equipped with plenty of research breadth and ideal if you are studying within Aberdeenshire, Angus, and Moray and possibly in most of Scotland to fit around your medical work. The course is available over 24 months part time.  

You learn by self directed learning and practical classes using real life examples to ensure multidisciplinary learning, exposure to leading academics and clinical experts to provide rigour in your research, and insight into actual situations in a clinical environment. You get opportunities to network and attend seminars and events run by the medical school.

This programme will provide training in generic research skills within a clinical context. The rationale is to equip Aberdeen AFP doctors with fundamental research skills that will enable them to pursue a clinical academic career. Clinical academia is a strongly competitive environment. Thus the need for doctors to have a keen and active interest, along with the appropriate research training and portfolio, has never been greater. The University of Aberdeen College of Life Sciences and Medicine recognises this and is offering this unique opportunity to further develop your clinical academic profile and standing.

Courses listed for the programme

Year 1

Research Skills

Year 2

Research Skills and Scientific Writing

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • This is the first programme of its kind in the UK to provide generic research skills in a clinical context
  • You will be taught by renowned researchers with full medical and research careers in one of the top 10 medical schools in the UK
  • You gain access to valuable research networks and opportunities whilst you learn

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Part Time
  • 24 months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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Our MSc in Social Science Research Methods aims to provide advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences. Read more
Our MSc 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.

The Management and Business Studies pathway

This pathway is suitable for two groups of people:

• Those people, especially business practitioners, who want to develop their understanding of and skills in applied research work.
• Those planning to undertake a PhD on a topic pertaining to management disciplines such as human resource management, organisational behaviour, strategic management, public sector management, marketing, accounting, finance, logistics and operations management.

Research training in Management and Business Studies builds on the internationally recognised research carried out by academic staff within Cardiff Business School. You will benefit from specialist expertise in management research as well as from the broad research profile of the School and links with wider Cardiff University research.

Sub-pathways within Management and Business Studies are:

• Banking, Accounting and Finance
• Logistics and Operations Management
• Human Resource Management
• Marketing and Strategy.

The course can be taken as a PGDip or MSc and is available for full-time study or part-time study.

Full-time PGDip

For the one-year full-time programme you will be required to complete six 20-credit modules - five core research modules and one specialist pathway module. In all modules you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your pathway.

On successful completion of the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words. The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. Dissertation topics are chosen by the students in agreement with their supervisors.

Core modules:

Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
Developing Core Research Skills
Foundations of Social Science Research
Research Applications

Full-time MSc

For the one-year full-time programme you will be required to complete six 20-credit modules - five core research modules and one specialist pathway module.

In all modules, you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your pathway.

Core modules:

All the core modules of PGDip PLUS a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words. The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. Dissertation topics are chosen by the students in agreement with their supervisors.

Part-time PGDip

Two year part time programme.

For the taught component, you will be required to complete six 20-credit modules (5 core research modules and 1 pathway module). In all modules you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your pathway.

Please visit the website to see a full list of the modules available for this pathway

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/social-science-research-methods-business-and-management-studies-pgdip-part-time

Part-time MSc

For the three-year part-time programme you will be required to complete six 20-credit modules - five core research modules and one specialist pathway module. In all modules you will have the opportunity to engage with literature and research relevant to your pathway.

On successful completion of the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words. The 60-credit dissertation component requires independent study. Dissertation topics are chosen by the students in agreement with their supervisors.

Please visit the website to see a full list of the modules available for this pathway:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/social-science-research-methods-business-and-management-studies-msc-part-time

Teaching

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.

Support

All modules within the programme make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning Central, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information on assessment. You will be allocated a personal tutor.

Assessment

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

On successful completion of the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation of a maximum 20,000 words (MSc only)

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.

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This Masters by Research degree provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and research skills that are essential foundations for further research and an academic career. Read more
This Masters by Research degree provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and research skills that are essential foundations for further research and an academic career. The programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach, teaching both practical and theoretical aspects of research. The focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate your own individual research project. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the capacity for critical thought, project management, time management, presentation skills, and the ability to disseminate original research.

The programme has been designed to suit candidates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is particularly suitable if you are aspiring to work in a research-based career, focus on a single topic of interest, or gain ideal preparation for undertaking a PhD.

What will I study?

The MRes comprises 60 credits of taught provision and 120 credits of individual research.

The taught components will cover research design, research project management and research ethics, as well as more general conceptual, epistemological and methodological matters in relation to research. You will also address more specific conceptual, epistemological and methodological matters appropriate for your subject area.

On completion of the taught modules, you will complete an individual research project.

How will I study?

Full-time students will complete two taught modules in the first three months of study and can then take up to nine months undertaking the research project.

Part-time students will complete two taught modules in the first six months of study and can then take up to 12 months undertaking the research project.

The completion of your individual research project will be supported by regular supervision meetings with an expert in your chosen discipline.

How will I be assessed?

The taught elements of the programme will be assessed through the production of a research proposal, a project management plan and a skills development portfolio.

The individual research project will be assessed through a dissertation, or appropriate alternative, as well as a viva voce examination.

Who will be teaching me?

The teaching team comprises experts from across the university who have international research profiles in their discipline.

What are my career prospects?

The skills and experience acquired through an MRes programme will provide ideal preparation for progressing to higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD, or pursuing a research-based career.

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These postgraduate programmes aim to create highly sought-after researchers who are ready to apply their advanced knowledge and practical skills in the workplace or on further research. Read more

These postgraduate programmes aim to create highly sought-after researchers who are ready to apply their advanced knowledge and practical skills in the workplace or on further research.

You will learn how to collect, analyse and interpret social data and become skilled in interview techniques, surveys, problem-solving, communication skills and the latest industry software.

Students examine issues from across the social sciences and are introduced to both quantitative and qualitative research methods before having the option of specialising.

During the programme, you will research real world issues such as evaluating local health care services, predicting voting behaviour during elections or researching the impact of Hull’s year as the 2017 UK City of Culture on local people.

Taught by experienced researchers who are experts in their fields, the interesting and varied curriculum will be delivered through an enquiry-based approach to teaching including small-group work, tutorials, workshops and independent study.

It was designed with input from industry experts, former students and leading academics to ensure that it means the demands of the modern social research industry.

Students will be provided with a high level of academic support across the programme and all modules will be taught on one specific day (currently Thursdays) to accommodate part-time and working students.

There are four variants: 

  • MSc in Social Research
  • MSc in Social Research with Quantitative Methods
  • MA in Social Research with Qualitative Methods
  • MSc in Social Research (Doctoral Training Pathway)

Study information

MSc in Social Research

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing statistics and data analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Philosophies of Social Science
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Analysing Qualitative Data

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

MSc in Social Research with Quantitative Methods

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing statistics and data analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Philosophies of Social Science
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

MA in Social Research with Qualitative Methods

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing statistics and data analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Philosophies of Social Science
  • Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

MSc in Social Research (Doctoral Training Pathway)

Semester 1 (PGCert)

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Introducing Statistics and Data Analysis with SPSS
  • Collecting Qualitative Data

Semester 2 (PGDip)

  • Working Beyond Disciplines
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Power, Authority and Freedom in History
  • Contemporary Research in Human Geography
  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

Summer period (Masters)

  • Dissertation in Social Research

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

These programmes are an ideal route for those aiming for research careers in the public, voluntary or private sectors, including would-be senior civil servants keen to take advantage of the Government’s Fast Stream scheme to find the leaders of the future.

It equips students with practical skills and experience for a wide range of organisations including research agencies, charities, independent organisations, trade unions, pressure groups and lobby groups.

The programmes also offer continuing professional development for those already working as researchers and who want to advance their careers. It is also an excellent training programme for those wishing to progress to PhD level study.



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We have a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provide wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research. Read more
We have a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and provide wide and varied opportunities for students to undertake research. Our academic expertise covers a broad range of disciplines grouped into three main departments:

Disability Inclusion and Special Needs
Education and Social Justice
Teacher Education
We also have a number of highly successful research centres which reflect the diversity of our research activity

Our strategy towards research and research degrees is centred on three key principles:

Research should seek to combine scholarly and empirical work on fundamental issues with a concern for development work linked to practice; a dialogue between fundamental study and development work can enrich both
Research should recognise the importance of professional practice and be pursued through active collaboration with schools, colleges, LAs, and voluntary and other professional bodies in the UK and internationally
Research is often a multidisciplinary activity and strong links across specialisms must be encouraged and supported
The interdependence of research with development and professional practice means that we particularly welcome the contribution of research students to our work. We provide a comprehensive programme of research training, together with opportunities to take part in research seminars where speakers with national and international reputations present work that is at the forefront of current debates within the field.

The Education MA by Research:

The MA by Research is a pure masters level research course. Students will need to complete a thesis of 40,000 words maximum and a research training programme.

This programme is suitable for applicants who are interested in developing their independent research skills and many students who complete this course progress onto PhD study afterwards.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The MRes degree in Sport, Health and Applied Science is designed for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study, but whose interests are largely in the research area. Read more
The MRes degree in Sport, Health and Applied Science is designed for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study, but whose interests are largely in the research area.

The Master of Research qualification allows you to develop a broad range of research knowledge and skills, whilst pursuing a substantial subject-based research project. It differs from other taught Master degrees as it prepares you for higher level research such as an MPhil or PhD (should you wish to pursue this route).

The programme will focus upon research design, statistical understanding and evidence-based practice.

Why St Mary's?

Staff at St Mary's have a wealth of teaching and research experience in the fields of Sport, Health and Applied Science. Staff members are immersed in a diverse and extensive range of research topics including sport, performance, nutrition, health, exercise and physics.

This postgraduate degree programme teaches the key concepts of scientific research and encourages research in our state of the art facilities which include an environmental chamber, BASES accredited physiology laboratories, anthropometric and biomechanics laboratories and the Performance Education Centre.

Course Content

Module Information - What Will You Study?
› Skills for the Researcher
› Research Methods
› Statistics
› Research Methods Two
› Supervised Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Show a systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of the key concepts scientific research.
-Demonstrate the ability to critically and constructively analyse concepts, findings and theories, and research in your field, and to communicate these analyses for a variety of audiences, using different methods of dissemination.
-Exhibit originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are applied to create and interpret knowledge in sport, health and exercise research.
-Critically evaluate current evidence and produce sound judgements in the absence of complete data.
-Apply evaluation of research materials, making allowances for limitations and oversights in the research field.
-Show a comprehensive competence in selecting and applying appropriate investigative techniques to a research investigation.
-Apply the methods and techniques learned to extend knowledge and understanding through the conduct and dissemination of original research.
-Demonstrate qualities and transferable skills that can be applied in a wide range of employment situations. These include: exercising initiative; responsibility; decision making; and a proactive, independent approach to research projects.
-Reveal the ability to reflect and critically evaluate your own knowledge, skills and performance, leading to an appreciation of the concept of professionalism in your own research.

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Our course provides you with social science research training and specialised education modules. You'll develop a critical understanding of research methods, educational issues, practice, evidence and theory. Read more
Our course provides you with social science research training and specialised education modules. You'll develop a critical understanding of research methods, educational issues, practice, evidence and theory. It is ideal preparation for doctoral research in education.

The course will enable you to relate debates and methodological principles in education research to broader issues in social science research and educational policy and practice.

It also provides you with opportunities to acquire the theoretical frameworks, knowledge, understanding, skills and aptitudes necessary to undertake advanced research in education.

You will be a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University (CfLaT). You are encouraged to contribute to our education research culture, participating in events such as seminars, research teas and project dissemination events.

We aim to produce graduates who can successfully proceed to research, education and teaching careers in Universities, the public sector, or the private sector.

The course is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first training year for students wishing to go on to study for a PhD under their 1+3 arrangements (Master's degree plus PhD).

The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) with the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) are ESRC-accredited through our ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership, one of the largest and most innovative centres of the ESRC's national network. These are centres of excellence for postgraduate social science scholarship, offering students a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.

Find out about our education research, and individual education staff and their current research interests, projects and publications. Staff in the education section work with staff in the the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership and HASS.

Delivery

The course structure combines compulsory and optional modules which help you to engage with and evaluate educational theory and research. You will also be taught how to prepare and carry out a research proposal. The optional module and the dissertation topic can be chosen to relate specifically to your professional situation.

A variety of forms of assessment are used, carefully chosen to reflect the form of training provided. There are written assignments of 4,500-5,000 words but other forms are used such as:
-Group oral presentation
-Written report
-Detailed bibliography
-Critical methodological review
-Data practical assessments
-Portfolio

The dissertation is assessed through a thesis of 15,000 words maximum.

Module timetables are flexible. We repeat many taught sessions to allow for those with personal and professional commitments. You can choose from daytime and early evening (4-6pm) sessions as well as a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

Some of our students choose to study full time and some choose to complete study over two years part time. If you are concerned about fitting study around full time work commitments it is worth contacting us to find out how this might work for you.

The taught aspect of the course runs from the final week of September through to the end of March. After this, dissertation study is by tutorial arrangement between you and your supervisor. This can be face-to-face or remote, to allow you to continue your study at home, elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
-A well-stocked Education Resource Centre
-Language Analysis Lab
-A phonetics lab
-An audio-video lab
-A recording studio

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Do you want to develop your expertise in a range of both qualitative and quantitative research and apply this to real-world issues? If so, then the PgCert in Research Methods could be the course for you. Read more
Do you want to develop your expertise in a range of both qualitative and quantitative research and apply this to real-world issues? If so, then the PgCert in Research Methods could be the course for you.

This fully online programme is designed for students who wish to develop their research skills and will equip successful students with excellent skills to carry out research of a professional standard. The choices offered in the programme enable students to examine quantitative and qualitative methods in depth and also become competent practitioners in mixed methods and action research.

Research methods training is a cornerstone for success at doctoral study and successful completion of this programme will enable you to take the necessary steps towards this. You will be encouraged to think critically about the selection of appropriate approach to your research and select the most appropriate strategy for collecting and analysing data.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• You can study fully online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
• You will develop an in-depth and reflective understanding of the research process.
• This course will help research students to understand the professional, regulatory and related contexts of research, and to do so in such a way as to facilitate the development of career planning skills.
• There is a face-to-face induction, (though not compulsory, is strongly recommended) which is designed to introduce you to the use of learning technologies and to help individuals to network with others on the course and to think about their own development needs in relation to it.

Modules

PgCert

The core module is: Research Methods and Techniques

You will also choose two of the following option modules: Qualitative Inquiry; Quantitative Research and Data Analysis; Mixed methods and action research

Locations

This course is available online with support from Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Study Options

You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The programme is flexibly delivered (wholly online), beginning with a face-to-face induction. While the face-to-face induction is not compulsory, it is highly recommended.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

This course is not available to International Students

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Your programme of study. You can study Research Methods for Health from anywhere in the world as it is delivered online by renowned researchers and teachers at University of Aberdeen. Read more

Your programme of study

You can study Research Methods for Health from anywhere in the world as it is delivered online by renowned researchers and teachers at University of Aberdeen. You gain exactly the same qualification from exactly the same people as you would if you studied on campus programmes but you can learn flexibly without leaving your country or county or work, whilst you deliver healthcare around the world. You can also manage your financial outlay by studying and paying as you learn. You only study the modules you are interested in.  The programme is ideal if you want to improve your healthcare research skills or you have a particular interest you want to specialise in. You can choose to then provide research and widen your medical career options or you may decide to teach. If you have a health related honours degree or significant health care practise and or research this programme will provide you with the wide ranging research techniques which you can deploy to test out theories in any area of healthcare. If you want to study research whilst you work the PG Cert (Online) is an ideal way of doing this.

You look at research design, sampling, different types of statistics, different research methods such as evidence based methods, epidemiology, and analysis methods. You can learn easily online with several methods to help you understand the content of the programme which include podcasts, discussions online, links to websites, e-books and journals, blogs, and 'Live office hours' questions online, plus use of the virtual learning platform to support your studies. You are assessed by MCQ online tests, essays, presentations with peer review and you get immediate feedback. Aberdeen has been teaching medical science since its inauguration in 1495 and it is known for many innovations, some of which won Nobel Prizes such as the MRI scanner.

When you graduate you can work within research areas in health services, public sector organisations and charities or you may be able to advance your current role as you learn to improve your own healthcare workplace. Your research project may lead you into further learning, teaching or innovation or in policy and projects to reduce healthcare inequity. A PG Cert could lead on to MSc in Applied Health Sciences where you can specialise in substance abuse, health economics or sexual or reproductive health.

Courses listed for the programme

Compulsory

Introduction to Online Learning

Fundamentals of Research Design

Applied Statistics

Evidence Based Health

Epidemiology

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by staff from the Institute of Applied Health Science and NHS researchers who work in healthcare delivery
  • You have access to online learning materials from our library with over 85 000 books and 20 000 electronic journals
  • The PGCert enables you to have an essential range of research skills at your disposal from which to choose the best tools for your research at any stage of your career

Where you study

  • Online Learning
  • PG Cert
  • 9 Months or 24 Months
  • Full Time or Part Time

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees: on the programme page

and more information for other programmes

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Aberdeen Experience

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City

More about student life



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This research degree is appropriate if you are either an experienced, well-qualified practitioner looking to improve your academic and personal development or you are a suitably qualified graduate looking to extend your research skills and conduct a piece of educational research at doctoral level. Read more

This research degree is appropriate if you are either an experienced, well-qualified practitioner looking to improve your academic and personal development or you are a suitably qualified graduate looking to extend your research skills and conduct a piece of educational research at doctoral level.

A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and carrying out supervised research – a systematic high level study of a problem or topic and presentation of results as a written thesis.

Normally you register for PhD subject to confirmation in the first instance and get confirmation after about one year of full-time study or its part-time equivalent. You must have a relevant UK masters degree with a substantial research training element to apply for direct PhD registration. It is also possible to study for an MPhil.

Supervision is available in various research areas including

  • education policy studies
  • TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages)
  • pedagogy and practice
  • pedagogy and new technologies
  • social inclusion
  • education and disability
  • autism
  • early years education
  • language and literacy in education
  • mathematics education
  • leadership and management in education
  • higher education

We invite applicants to discuss their areas of interest before formulating a research proposal.

This degree is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information. 

Course content

In addition to your subject-focused research activity you must complete research training modules unless you have previously studied these on an appropriate masters degree. Fees for these modules are covered in the full-time fee. Part-time students must pay for these additional modules. Please contact us for further details.

During your research leading to your thesis, you work under the guidance of your supervising team.

Assessment

Production of a written thesis followed by an oral examination where you explain your work.

Employability

Your research degree equips you with the skills to develop a career as a researcher in education and related fields.



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This programme meets the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Children's Rights, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary research and child rights-based research methods. Read more

This programme meets the increasing demand for a postgraduate qualification in Children's Rights, explicitly focused on interdisciplinary research and child rights-based research methods.

The programme aims to provide high-level knowledge and skills in children's rights law and practice of value to those working with and for children, including public officials and NGOs as well as educators, social workers and health care providers.

The programme will develop your expertise in two distinct but interconnected areas:

Children's Rights - using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international standards to evaluate the laws, policies and practices which affect children

Research with Children - evaluating the best methods of conducting research into children's lives with a particular focus on approaches which involve children actively in the research process.

The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in these two areas and the opportunity to explore a range of contexts in which these perspectives can be used to better understand children’s lives and secure improved outcomes for children.

Why Choose Children's Rights at Queen's?

◦As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;

◦Education at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);

◦There will be some opportunities available to develop advanced workplace skills by collaborating with community organisations to undertake research to help them improve their services for children and young people;

◦The programme incorporates the Centre for Children's Rights expertise in interdisciplinary work and rights-based approaches to research methods. This will empower students to undertake research with children and young people in a range of contexts;

◦The interdisciplinary nature of the programme reflects the real-life practices of many child-related services;

◦If you don’t want, or need, to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit awards are available (PG Diploma/ PG Certificate);

◦You may also undertake individual course modules without completing a full degree.

Programme Content

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education
  • Childhood and Youth Research in Practice
  • Children’s Rights in Research
  • Foundations of Children’s Rights
  • Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

Optional Modules

A range of optional modules enables you to choose further research methods modules and a range of substantive children’s rights modules including issues such as social work, disability, education and philosophical perspectives.

  • Children’s Rights and Conceptions of Childhood
  • Education, the Law and Children’s Rights
  • Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth

In addition, you may choose modules from the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, and Psychology.

Assessment

There are no written examinations. A variety of assessment methods will be used including assignments, online tests and participation in workshops. Students will have the option of undertaking research work for external organisations to submit as part of their dissertation.

Opportunities for Careers

There is increasing demand for postgraduates with high-level skills in interdisciplinary research, participatory research methods and knowledge of children's rights.

Professionals within children/human rights-focused NGOs, public officials, educators, social workers and health professionals who work with children should find this degree beneficial.



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The MSc in Social Research Methods is a degree offering advanced training in social research methods, designed to be flexible to accommodate students arriving with a range of previous methodological training. Read more

The MSc in Social Research Methods is a degree offering advanced training in social research methods, designed to be flexible to accommodate students arriving with a range of previous methodological training. The core modules offer a strong grounding in the research process and quantitative and qualitative methods. The optional modules allow students to build on these and develop more advanced skills in particular methods of interest.

About this degree

This degree is designed to cover the research methods used in collating evidence for the design, critique and evaluation of substantive issues in the social sciences. Students will gain hands-on experience in a range of methodologies used to study issues of interest in the real world. Students will be expected to apply their understanding of methodology to critique existing research, to design their own research, carry out their own analysis and communicate this clearly to academic specialists and non-specialists. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

Students spend the fiirst term studying a range of core methods, before specialising in more advanced techniques in the second term. Exemptions may be given from some introductory modules for students with a strong background in a particular methodology.

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Regression Analysis
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Survey Design
  • Systematic Review Design and Planning

Optional modules

Students take three of the following advanced optional modules. Students who gain exemption from any core modules will take optional modules to make up the difference.

  • Longitudinal Data and Analysis
  • Impact Evaluation Methods
  • Using Stata Efficiently and Effectively
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Systematic Reviews for Complex Policy Issues
  • Research Engagement, Participation and Impact

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via face-to-face daytime lectures, seminars and practical computer workshops. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a 10,000- to 12,000-word dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Social Research Methods MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • university and college lecturers and researchers
  • civil servants
  • third sector employees
  • teachers
  • journalists
  • social researchers
  • market researchers.

Employability

There are a range of employers seeking students with suitable skills in research including government departments, academic institutions, the media, financial analysis and marketing.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Social Science is a research-intensive department with world-leading experts in quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodology - as well as a broad range of social science substantive subjects. We have a lively community of staff, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students involved in seminars, workshops and reading groups in addition to formal teaching.

Our department specialises in applying research methods to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.

The department’s staff have a broad range of interests, which includes expertise in economics, sociology, psychology, social statistics, survey methods and data collection, mixed-methods research, and the techniques of policy evaluation.

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