The Social Research Methods and Statistics (SRMS) programme provides a firm grounding in advanced quantitative methods, taught within an applied social science framework. It offers relevant and marketable skills for a career in research. It is recognised for PhD training by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The programme is taught with an emphasis on hands-on training in the application of methods and software. The programme is available full-time over one year or part-time over two-years, and may be studied as either an MSc or a Diploma (subject to the student meeting the entry requirements – see below).
The aims of the SRMS programme are to provide a thorough grounding in research design and related issues. These include methods for collecting statistical data, using a range of sampling designs and methods of data analysis, including advanced statistical methods for complex data. The programme also aims to provide students with the skills needed to present their research effectively, in both written and oral form. And, for students proceeding to the dissertation (MSc only) instruction and practice in planning, conducting and writing up an independent piece of research