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Social Research Methods MSc

Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Social Research Methods at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This Master’s programme in Social Research Methods has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accreditation and provides advanced training in a range of research methods used in the social sciences. The MSc Social Research methods is ideally suited for those who want to add a valuable qualification, develop a full academic career and 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; or those who are simply interested in society, social behaviour, and social change.

Key Features

With Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accreditation this programme in Social Research Methods will enhance employability in professional, commercial and vocational areas.

A unique feature of the course is that students are encouraged to devise research dissertations themselves (supported by an academic supervisor) or have the option of attending a short research work placement to build research and employability skills through working with experienced researchers.

The Social Research Methods course has been commended by external agencies for developing research skills and for students’ high quality dissertation work.

All lecturers on the teaching team for MSc Social Research Methods are experienced academics and active researchers across a wide range of applied social sciences. All staff publish in high quality journals and many are internationally acclaimed in their field of expertise.

The small size of our teaching groups guarantees a great deal of individual attention and support

We pride ourselves on open discussion, debates and presentations so as to develop a “community of social research scholars”

Specialist modules in criminology, social work and human geography, leadership and management (subject to availability)

Modules on the Social Research Methods programme typically include:

• Research and Study Skills
• Data Collection in Context
• The Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
• Quantitative Methods
• Dissertation

Who should take this programme?

The MSc is also suitable for those already working in, or wishing to work in, government or voluntary organisations, and commercial areas where social research is undertaken.

We welcome 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 have had backgrounds in social policy, sociology, law, criminology, Human Geography, Politics, Arts and Humanities, Ageing studies , psychology , and health Science.

Employability and Career prospects

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

Staff expertise

All lecturers servicing the MSc Social Research Methods are experienced academics and active researchers across a wide range of applied social sciences.

All staff publish in high quality journals and many are internationally acclaimed in their field of expertise.

The MSc Social Research Methods was established in 2010-11. Since then Dr Sherrill Snelgrove is the programme manager and is an experienced educationalist and researcher. Contributing lecturers are renowned nationally and internationally. For example, Professor David Hughes has published on the universal coverage health care reforms of Thailand and Turkey and 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. We have strong links with Criminology whose staff have been awarded Howard league Research Medal 2013 for work on the Swansea Bureau Youth Scheme; we have lecturers teaching on the course from the world renowned Centre for Innovative Aging and also Human Geography, where 95% of publications were rated as of international rating in the most recent Research Assessment exercise.

Visit the Social Research Methods MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

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You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally an initial degree (usually an upper 2.2 or above) in one of the social sciences. Enquiries from applicants with an initial degree in a cognate subject or other relevant qualifications are welcome. Applicants who do not possess these qualifications may be considered if they have at least two years’ relevant experience at a responsible level and can demonstrate the ability to study within the programme's requirements. International students - English language requirements: Students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.

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