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Social Science (MSc)

Course Description

This programme is aimed at working in, or who want to work in education, training, workforce and skills development, youth work and community work, and postgraduate students who want to engage in the advanced level study. It may lead to further specialist training in, for example, teaching, youth work or social work, or to direct employment in these areas, especially in administrative roles, and for those who aspire to develop leadership roles in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

The course comprises two 30 credit common core modules, three 20 credit subject specialist modules and a 60 credit dissertation study.

The common core modules are:

+ Principles and Practice of Research Design and Methods
+ Critical Perspectives in Social Science

These modules are designed to be of benefit to all students who have elected to do their studies in an inter-disciplinary school of social science. Common, shared lectures with students in other master’s programmes lead to an assessment equal to two thirds of the module, and are supplemented with small group subject specific seminars that lead to an assessment equal to one third of the module.

Critical Perspectives in Social Science provides an understanding of what social science is, the sorts of questions that concern social scientists, and introduces key theories. In the subject specific seminar group you focus on issues relevant to your specialist area.
Principles and Practice of Research Design builds on the first core module and introduces the ways in which social scientists go about their enquiries. In the subject specific seminar group you consider the application of what you have learnt to your chosen specialism, and in preparation for undertaking your dissertation.
The dissertation is an opportunity to study a relevant topic in-depth and, where appropriate, to engage in first-hand research.

Taken together, students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills which are discipline specific and more general ‘employability’ skills such as:

+ the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex data,
+ a range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative research skills,
+ the use and application of information technologies,
+ the ability to communicate and present ideas and findings in a variety of ways, for example, in writing, and orally,
+ ability to problem solve, and work individually and in groups.

Visit the Social Science (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. This course is suitable for graduates of Counselling, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Education, European Studies, Forensic Science, Human Geography, History, Journalism, Language and Communication, Law, Media, Philosophy, Planning, Politics, Psychology and Social Sciences. Applications are also encouraged from candidates with a background in the humanities, social sciences or healthcare sciences.In addition, applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5. Full details of Cardiff University's English language requirements can be found here.

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