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Social Research (Business) MA/Diploma

Course Description

This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research skills.

Students will acquire a general overview of the philosophy of social research, and understand how this informs research design, methods of data collection and analysis. They will also develop an ability to use a range of research methods, to communicate research findings effectively and an understanding of the potential use of and impact of their research within and beyond academia.

The core modules you will take are:

Introduction to Social Science Research (20 credits)
Research Design (20 credits)
Social Research Methods I (20 credits)
Social Research Methods II (20 credits)

You will then take a minimum of four elective modules from the following list (10 credits each):

From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression
Overseas Research Methods
Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Documentary Research
Factor Analysis
Narrative Research
Policy Evaluation
Secondary Data Analysis in Social Research
Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (using NVivo)
Handling Cluster Randomised Samples
Researching Language and Literacy

In addition, you will write a 14,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

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

Visit the Social Research (Business) MA/Diploma page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

ESRC scholarships for PG Study and Doctoral Research - 14 Awards

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It has been awarded 14 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research starting in October 2012.Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following pathways:Applied Linguistics
Russian and East European Studies
International Development (IDD)
West African Studies
German Studies
Business and Management
Economic and Social History
Economics and Econometrics
Urban and Regional Studies
Human Geography
Political Science and International Studies
European Studies
Local Government Studies and Public Policy
Sport and Exercise Science (Psy)
Social Policy
Social Work
Socio-Legal Studies

Value of Scholarship(s)



Please note that to be eligible for an ESRC award at the University of Birmingham you must have also submitted an application to study at the University.

Application Procedure

For further information, please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/esrcDoctoral Research Enquiry ServiceEmail: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalentStandard English language requirements apply

Course Fees

£6,570 FT / £3,285 PT (UK/EU), £14,850 (overseas)

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