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Research Methods for Social Science & Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

Course Description

The MSc in Research Methods for Social Science and Health provides in depth knowledge and critical understanding of: (1) epistemology, methodology and ethics in the social sciences; (2) principles of research design and methodology commonly used in health and social science research; (3) research governance and the management of risk; (4) quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, analysis and reporting.

Key benefits

• Integrates social science with King’s leading health schools and their internationally recognized excellence in biomedical and health research and training.

• Taught by a dynamic and research-led team of academics with a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise, providing students with first hand exposure to advanced academic research.

• Situated in the heart of London, providing unrivalled opportunities to engage with the worlds of policymaking, non-governmental agencies and biomedical research.

• Provides an open and supportive learning environment, fostering independent and critical learners and researchers.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/research-methods-for-social-science-and-health-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s is a unique interdisciplinary department founded in 2012 with a mission to address the changing landscape of health and medicine from a social science perspective. Working closely with colleagues in biomedicine and the life sciences, it explores the complex social determinants of health, illness and ageing, and the ways in which advances in biomedicine and biotechnology are changing expectations about life and health, and the social and ethical challenges of global inequalities in health, illness and medical care.

The programme draws on departmental research first hand, and benefits from close connections with King’s internationally renowned health schools. Taught by a dedicated team of experienced academics, the programme introduces students to epistemology and ethics in the social sciences, and provides foundational training in research design and governance, and in quantitative and qualitative methodology. It offers a variety of options for advanced and more specialized training. The dissertation forms an integral part of the programme, enabling students to put the knowledge and research skills they’ve gained into practice on a topic of their own choosing. Through the programme students develop a critical understanding of research, a variety of methods and their practical application in health and social sciences.

- Course purpose -

The postgraduate programme provides an excellent foundation for understanding, conducting and using social science research in policy, medicine and healthcare. It is designed for researchers, professionals and practitioners seeking to develop their understanding and practical application of research methodologies, especially those from health, policy, NGO and government sectors, and those who manage and/or commission research.

- Course format and assessment -

Combination of lectures, tutorial classes, independent study, optional modules, attendance at regular seminars and colloquium, and an extended research project.

Assessment encompasses a mix of both formal and informal assessment methods, including oral presentation, extended essays both formative and summative, unseen examination, and a dissertation.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Research Methods for Social Science & Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Deborah David

1928.jpg I have an initial biomedical science background but in recent years, have also qualified and worked as a dietitian in both the acute and community healthcare settings. Throughout my previous studies and employment, I encountered various research techniques and felt it was now time to develop a deeper understanding of various research methods and processes. I chose to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods course at King’s College London as it is one of the top universities and has a reputation for high standards. I felt this qualification would undoubtedly enhance and enrich my existing skills and knowledge. I would say that the course has been challenging, but well worth the effort and I am hopeful that this qualification will allow me to be better placed to pursue either further postgraduate study or successfully secure suitable employment within the healthcare policy and research field.


Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). We may consider candidates with a 2:2 degree or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution if they can:show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualificationsprovide referees from their university or employment strongly supporting their admission. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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