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Social Research

Course Description

Core Module

What will you study

This unique and flexible degree, based in Lancaster’s world-class Sociology Department, combines rigorous methodological training with subject-specific modules in different areas of social inquiry.

It offers a sound introduction to the key issues in social science methodologies, and trains you to anticipate and work with the epistemological and ontological issues that underpin social and cultural research. At the same time it also develops your understanding of the social and cultural theories that have shaped and continue to shape research in the social sciences.

Through ‘hands on’ training in selected research methods and skills, you will become skilled at translating theoretically informed research questions into research projects, and undertake an extensive piece of research for your Masters dissertation.

A great advantage of this programme is its flexible structure: five pathways allow you to tailor the content of your MA to your own interests while maintaining the focus on research training. The pathways offered are:
• Sociology
• Gender and Women's Studies
• Media and Cultural Studies
• Environment, Culture and Society
• Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices

Because of its strong research focus, this Masters is particularly relevant to those wishing to seek ESRC funding with a view to pursuing a PhD. However, it also prepares you for a wide range of careers that require a sophisticated understanding of how to conduct research on societies and social issues. That could include, for example, working in local or national government, in research-related posts in non-governmental organisations or in voluntary sector organisations.

Find out more about the research culture, research centres and conferences that make studying in the Sociology Department at Lancaster so stimulating.

This MA has five different pathways available which allow students to tailor the programme to their own interests without losing the focus on research training:

• Sociology
• Gender and Women’s Studies
• Media and Cultural Studies
• Environment, Culture and Society
• Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices

Below is a sample of modules which are available to students on this programme – for full details please read more about our pathways - http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sociology/postgraduate/masters/why-lancaster/ma-social-research-pathways/

• Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination
• Independent Research Dissertation

Optional and/or pathway-specific
• Feminist Media and Cultural Studies
• Feminist Technoscience Studies
• Social and Cultural Theory
• Cybercultures
• Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
• Methods in Science and Technology Studies
• Contemporary Debates in Sociology
• The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
• Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies
• Debates in Gender Research
• Gender, Sex and Bodies
• Theories and Debates in Environment and Culture
• Philosophies of Social Science

Visit the Social Research page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Faculty Fees Only Studentships - 2 Awards

A funding application form must be completed and submitted on email to [email protected] by 13th May 2013.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fee waiver


Tuition Fee waiver for Overseas MA students. Applicants applying for funding must hold an offer of a place on an eligable MA programme to start in October 2013. Full-time or part-time applicants are welcome to apply.

Application Procedure

Contact for an applciation form and further details


Faculty Fees Studentship 1+3 - Single Award

Completed funding application forms must be submitted on email to [email protected] by 13th May 2013. As part of this application candidates must submit a 2 page research proposal. Applicants interested in applying for this 1+3 funding are advised to contact potential supervisors for their 2014 PHD research project as soon as possible. Supervisors can offer advice on improving PhD proposals to make them competitive for the funding competition.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fee waiver


Home/EU students who hold an offer of a place on an MA for October 2013, and a PhD for 2014 are invited to apply for this fees-only studentship. Applications from part-time and full-time applicants are welcome.

Application Procedure

For an application form and further details please contact

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science.IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

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