The Msc in Professional Practice in Research Methods is hosted by the Social Policy Research Centre. Members the SPRC have national and international profiles as widely published scholars and researchers, many of them leading academics in their respective research fields. Their areas of research expertise encompass migration, religion, ethnicity and citizenship, gender and sexuality, social networks, human security and human rights, welfare changes, access to public services, health and education, inequalities and discrimination. The study programme draws specifically on their extensive interdisciplinary knowledge.
To have a deep understanding of the ontological and epistemological basis of social science research is essential for a number of career paths and is a must for students wishing to pursue a career in social research studies. The members of the SPRC are highly experienced in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and tools, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, participatory observation, literature and policy reviews, statistical analysis, survey administration (including online surveys), data mapping, spatial analysis and data visualisation.
The study programme is shaped to contain both theoretical and practical modules and allows the students to acquire skills which can be directly applied in their future work environments.
In addition to the full MSc, training in research methods is also offered as a PG Diploma or PG Certificate, to allow more flexibility for prospective students who wish to gain specific research methods skills, but do not consider pursuing a full Master programme.